John Deere to make more than 225,000 protective face shields in Moline

( Deere & Co. is in the process of making 25,000 protective face shields, with supplies being ordered for the production of an additional 200,000 to be made at its Moline Seeding Group, the company announced Thursday morning.

The news is a response to nationwide calls for more personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Production on protective face shields started Wednesday at the Moline factory, which normally manufactures planting equipment and precision agriculture solutions.

Face shields will be distributed by factories in Deere’s network to meet “immediate needs of health care workers” in local communities. 

“We knew that we needed to do more to help the true heroes in the fight against this virus: the front-line health care workers,” said David Ottavianelli, Deere director of strategic projections and labor relations. “Our employees wanted to do more for the local community, and we could not be not prouder of their actions. They are the real stars.”

The first 25,000 face shields will be delivered to 16 Deere factories in eight states as well as the company’s U.S. Deere-Hitachi factory for local distribution, the company said in a release. 

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