John Deere builds protective face shields for health-care workers

John Deere, in collaboration with United Auto Workers (UAW), the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, has started producing protective face shields at John Deere Seeding Group in Moline, Illinois.

According to the company, Deere employees will initially produce 25,000 face shields to meet the immediate needs of health-care workers in several of its U.S. manufacturing communities.

In a statement, John Deere officials said aaterials and supplies are on order to produce an additional 200,000 face shields.

The company is using an open-source design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the project and leveraging expertise, skills, and innovation of its employee base.

"Our manufacturing and supply management teams, along with our production and maintenance employees, the UAW, and our partners have worked tirelessly to ensure we could lend our support and protect our health-care workers during this crisis," said Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company, John May.

"By working closely with the communities where our employees live and work, we can help support the needs we've identified close to home and, as the project expands, addre