"We're just trying to get PPE equipment to the field." – Nate Weaton
Weaton Capital of Fairfield, Iowa, which owns and manages a portfolio of high-tech manufacturing companies, has been producing face shields, planning to distribute them to health care workers in the fight against COVID-19. CEO Nate Weaton stated that his organization has already created 2,500 prototypes of plastic face shields, now awaiting approval from the State of Iowa and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Once approved, Weaton plans to produce 250,000 face shields for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals working the front line.
The face shield is a 9-inch long piece of transparent plastic that wraps around the wearer’s face, stretching from forehead to chin. It can be an added protective layer worn in conjunction with safety glasses or a mask underneath. Our mission is not to profit off this. We’re just trying to get this equipment into the field.” -Nate Weaton, Weaton Capital CEO
Weaton’s team received engineering specifications for these face shields from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as from Johns Hopkins University. In order to meet demands for immediate delivery, Weaton said his company will add manufacturing shifts, employing both workers and volunteers to help assemble the face shields. Weaton is making these face shields at his own cost. “We’ve had good conversations with the state and with hospitals. If this becomes an ongoing need, we’ll revisit that in the future as a commercial product, but our mission is not to profit off this. We’re just trying to get this equipment into the field.”