PISCATAWAY, NJ —  LIXIL Americas of Piscataway has teamed up with volunteers from Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group to manufacture and distribute thousands of face shields to first responders and medical workers in communities across the US that are battling COVID-19.

The Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group (JCRMRG) is a collective of volunteers formed ealrier this year in partnership with the United Way in Hudson County for the purpose of scaling the production of face shields through the use of fast and efficient manufacturing technologies. 

The collaboration between LIXIL and JCRMRG has united the individual efforts of both groups, enabling them to significantly scale production of the much-needed personal protective equipment to make up to 10,000 shields per day, said company officials in a Tuesday news release.

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“Our LIXIL team is deeply dedicated to the role we play in delivering quality and safe water that improves the health and well-being of everyone. With our headquarters in such close proximity to an area of the country hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, our team immediately stepped up to help, volunteering time to help make urgently needed PPE for the local medical community and first responders,” said Troy Benavidez, vice president of public affairs, LIXIL Americas. 

“Having been connected to the volunteers at the Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group, we realized that we shared a common goal, and we are proud to partner with their team to significantly bolster both our efforts and expand our reach to front-line workers throughout communities in NJ and the US,” added Benavidez.

“LIXIL has a history of corporate responsibility initiatives, and we are thrilled that our partnership will bring face shields to a greater number of healthcare workers and first responders,” said Justin Handsman, founder, JCRMRG.

Handsman continued: “In just two months we went from a call to action in a Reddit group for local makers to help manufacture PPE on 3D printers, to delivering over 1,000 face shields per week to healthcare workers. Now, with the support of LIXIL, we now have the capacity to manufacture 50,000 face shields per week, enabling us to help more first responders and frontline workers as they continue to battle COVID-19.” 

JCRMRG is currently looking for support from other companies across the country interested in helping donate additional shields to first responders.  If interested in becoming part of this ongoing effort, email donate@jcrmrg.org.

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