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Dart Container donates thousands of face shields to Sparrow

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Posted at 8:51 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 20:51:15-04

LANSING, Mich. — Mason-based Dart Container Corp. is donating 5,000 to 10,000 plastic face shields to Sparrow Hospital in the coming weeks as extra protection for Nurses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dart has already donated hundreds of shields to Sparrow that are being distributed to Caregivers this week. The face shields are made at Dart’s Mason and Horse Cave, Ky., facilities. Sparrow officials expressed deep gratitude for the extraordinary gesture.

“We want to thank Dart and all of its employees for the generous donation of face shields,” said Sparrow Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Amy Brown. “We truly appreciate all they’ve done to support our Caregivers during this Coronavirus pandemic. These shields will be placed over our Caregivers’ protective masks to help guard their eyes and face and enhance their safety. We so appreciate the community support.”

Dart, a major manufacturer of food and beverage packaging, originally partnered with Georgia Tech’s Global Center for Medical Innovation to produce face shield components to help fill the critical need for the personal protective equipment. After meeting with local organizations about the needs of the Mid-Michigan medical community, Dart produced and sourced all parts of the face shield and donated complete kits to Sparrow for assembly. (Learn more about Dart’s efforts here.)

“We’re thrilled to support our Sparrow healthcare heroes by designing and donating face shields for their use when caring for COVID-19 Patients,” said Dart CEO Jim Lammers. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 60th anniversary than to use Dart’s manufacturing know-how to help keep our local healthcare workers safe.

“It’s a tremendous honor for our people to play a role in helping protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re humbled by their heroism and grateful for the opportunity to use our engineering skills and manufacturing capabilities to turn the same raw materials used to make our cups, lids and containers into personal protective equipment for the medical community.”

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