Providing peace of mind

 

Faceshield design schematics

Apr 17, 2020 | Jim Fitterling

As those on the front lines of this pandemic continue to move our world forward in heroic fashion, we owe them all the support we can offer.


I couldn’t be prouder of Team Dow as we continue to respond to the needs of our colleagues, customers, suppliers, community and government partners, and so many others. Team Dow continues to find new ways to serve our stakeholders despite the challenges surrounding us.

Healthcare professionals urgently need more personal protective equipment. And as they and others on the front lines of this pandemic continue to move our world forward in heroic fashion, we owe them all the support we can offer.

Stack of faceshield pieces ready for assembly

Faceshields ready for assembly

Today, Dow announced that we’ve developed a simplified design for face shields to help protect healthcare workers. Alongside Michigan-based Tinkrlab, we will laser-cut, assemble and donate 100,000 of these face shields to the state of Michigan for distribution to hospitals.

We recognize the need for face shields is far greater than the 100,000 Dow can produce. In fact, it’s far greater than any one company can supply on its own. But together, we can continue to be part of the broader solution. With that belief in mind, Dow is making its innovative and proprietary designs available for public download. The design is only comprised of two pieces – a shield and forehead cushion – streamlining multi-component assembly. It also allows for face shield production from various polymers using different cutting techniques.

Our hope is that other companies can leverage this work and join us in our effort to support healthcare workers. If you are interested in collaborating, please download the designs and feel free to contact us at facshld@dow.com for support.

Michigan health organizations interested in receiving face shields should contact their county emergency management office or email MSP-SEOCPSL@michigan.gov.

Individually we each may only play a small part in easing the uncertainty our planet currently faces. But at Dow, we believe in and continue to witness the power of partnership. And we’re grateful to work alongside others who are providing the products and innovations that help protect us all.

Thank you, Team Dow.
 

Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO

#DowStrong
 

This article originally appeared on Jim Fitterling’s LinkedIn profile.


Living out our ambition

 

World map with Canada, United States, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Egypt and France highlighted

May 28, 2020 | Mary Draves

During this unprecedented time, we must all do our part.


Cities large and small are being severely tested with the COVID-19 pandemic as they simultaneously battle health, economic and social crises. Although hot-spot cities such as New York continue to grab headlines, many smaller communities – like those where we operate – also are dealing with the COVID-19’s negative impact. The virus and its control measures have upended lives and stressed healthcare systems, small businesses, vulnerable groups living in quarantine, schools and education, and social services.