Brooklyn Navy Yard Manufacturers Band Together To Make Face Shields

Michael Wallace
March 26, 2020 - 5:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday toured the Brooklyn Navy Yard where several manufacturers are teaming up to make face shields for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.

"This is something that just a few days ago not only didn't exist, but the idea didnt even exist," de Blasio said. "They decided they would create a factory from scratch to make these face shields."

David Ehrenberg, CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, told WCBS 880's Michael Wallace that they started coordinating their tenants for this effort on Saturday and within a day, the fabrication company Bednark Studio had developed a sample which was quickly delivered and approved by the Department of Health. 

Bednark partnered with the printing studio Duggal Visual Solutions and other Navy Yard tenants pivoted their production to form an assembly line of 200 people who will be manufacturing 120,000 face shields per week that will be distributed to private and public hospitals, nursing homes and first responders across the city.

"We expect that will slowly fill the gap for that particular product in the city and if it doesn't we'll be able to scale that production line to whatever is needed so long as materials are available," Ehrenberg said.

Other tenants at the Navy Yard, including Ecological Solutions and Kings County Distillery, are busy converting their factories to make hand sanitizer.

During World War II, nearly 70,000 people worked at the yard to fix boats damaged in battle and the Navy Yard earned the moniker the "Can Do Yard."

It's living up to that name yet again.

"The level to which our tenants have risen to this challenge already is extraordinary," Ehrenberg said.