SNOHOMISH COUNTY— Responding to the need for a reliable local source of PPE equipment for front line workers, Edmonds College and Snohomish County have joined forces to produce hundreds of face shields to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center (WATR) at Snohomish County's Paine Field Airport is manufacturing the shields.
“This budding partnership proves the concept of being able to increase Snohomish County’s resiliency in the face of uncertain emergencies in the future by encouraging a local supply chain of distributed manufacturing,” Director of Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management Jason Biermann said in a July 23 press release. “We are proud to work with Edmonds College and lucky to have such talented and passionate facilitators at the WATR Center who jumped at this opportunity.”
The WATR Center is owned and managed by Edmonds College, which according to the release, has state-of-the-art equipment designed for training aerospace manufacturing workers that have been repurposed to produce face shields based on two innovative designs.
The center manufactured two types of shields for the county, including one, the ED19 Durable Face Shield, which was designed and developed by the college’s makerspace team.
“We’re proud to partner with Snohomish County to help meet the needs of our local health care providers and community during this time,” said Edmonds College President Amit Singh. “Strong, long-term partnerships such as this will be key to overcoming the pandemic and continuing to grow and build a bright future for our community.”