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M illennium Slate LLC is reopening and retooling its plant to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Covid-19 pandemic.

On March 20 Millennium Slate LLC and its parent Evergreen Slate Co., Inc. furloughed all of their employees pursuant to New York’s directive on non-essential businesses. After guidance from the state, Millennium reopened on March 31 with a small crew to make face shields and personal protective equipment for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The face shield being developed by Millennium Slate LLC, a subsidiary of Evergreen Slate Company.

Prior to shutdown, Millennium was using six axis robots and special-purpose imported glue application equipment to apply hook and loop fastening tapes to a variety of construction materials. Millennium has good experience with hook and loop fasteners, with two patents pending and a wind tunnel test on a roofing product which performed at 160 mph.

The initial PPE product is a hook and loop fastened clear face shield, as can be seen at www. mslate.rocks/covid19. Millennium’s hook and loop fastening is completely adjustable as to fit and is unlikely to slip since it includes a strap over the top of the head.

Millennium is delighted to be partnering with JKAdams, the wood products company based right over the border in Dorset, Vermont. JKAdams has spun up five CNC routers and a laser cutter in support of the effort to make face shields.

This PPE consortium has also received donations from hook and loop tape manufacturer Halco USA of Hayward, California. Tape converter TapeRite of New Hyde Park and Ink, Inc. of New York City are also contributing services.

This shield will initially be sampled for free to as many of the New York and New England hospitals to whom it can be shipped. Millennium is using its inventory of adhesives and hook and loop fasteners of which it has on hand sufficient material to build more than 10,000 shields and are laying plans to be able to produce between 50,000 and 100,000 units per week.
“Producing these products is a win-win,” said Phil Prehoda, Millennium’s President. “We will be able to hire back furloughed workers and perhaps other area unemployed workers if demand develops the way we think it will. At the same time, we are pitching in to protect front line health care workers from this virus. While we can’t afford to give away our entire production we expect to provide free samples for a significant portion of our early production.”
For inquiries, further information or orders please email us at [email protected] or via www.JKAdams.com

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