Orange County, CA ‐ Successful small business owners, from California, brainstormed how could they help local hospitals in need. Their idea was to design and manufacture “face shields” for doctors and nurses that staff local emergency rooms. Javier Castor, CEO of Bazz Houston International (Metal Contract Manufacturer), Juan Torres (JT) owner of Automotive Entertainment and Gary Bell, owner of Defined Concepts, demonstrate the true American Spirit of compassion and innovative thinking.
With no knowledge of plastics, they started on Tuesday 4/1, to design the ABS frame for the face shield that could be manufactured using the equipment they had available. Driven by a desire to help, they designed 8 different prototypes using the old fashion trial and error method. Later that night, around 11:30 pm they finalized their design.
Ready to go, the next morning at 6:00 am they began sourcing the necessary materials needed to achieve the goal of 15,000 face shields: 90 sheets of black ABS, dozens of tanks of nitrogen, 400 sheets of clear plastic PETG, wide industrial rubber bands, elastic cord, etc. Castro put out a call to action with his team, requesting volunteers to help assemble the shields.
“Many of our employees clocked out at the end of their shift that day and volunteered to assemble complete units late into the evening achieving 330 assembled face shields on our first day. The goal was to make at least 1,000 face shield components per day, we succeeded making 15,000 ABS units in just 5 days. It was great, stepping back to observe the passion, and commitment our fellow employees showed to each other, and the frontline health professionals. It was amazing to see them continue to live our motto We Are Strong Together” Castro said. “It’s an incredible feeling to know that even our small business can give back to people who risk their own lives for us and those we love”.
Castro shared pictures and notes of appreciation with his teams in Garden Grove and Mexico. His team in Tijuana sent messages of support and requests to get involved. According to Castro, they will soon be assembling masks for the Red Cross and their local hospitals.
The results have been amazing, with thousands of face shields reaching hospitals, fire stations, and emergency centers in Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County. What surprised them, after the word got out, was frontline responders throughout the nation contacted them directly for help. Sony has graciously offer FedEx Overnight delivery to anywhere in USA if the face shields are shipping to a hospital or medical center. So far, complete face shields have been sent to New York, San Francisco, Tennessee, Texas, Florida and North Carolina. “We donated face shields to any doctor or nurse, in the USA, that reached out to us in need”.