Duncan, S.C., Aug. 20, 2020 – The DRÄXLMAIER Group, a Tier 1 supplier to the international automotive industry, donated 1,500 D-Shield protective visors to two local schools to help protect both educators and students against COVID-19 infections.
Members from the DRÄXLMAIER plant site in Duncan presented the lightweight face shields today to representatives from Spartanburg County School District Five and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Each organization received 750 D-Shields.
“As a part of society, the DRÄXLMAIER Group supports the local community in many ways,” said Denell Jackson, a technical planner for the Germany-owned supplier. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we consider it our responsibility to help protect the ones who are particularly vulnerable against the virus.”
For many schools, protective visors are an indispensable tool, especially in speech therapy and special education classes where the recognition of facial expressions and lip movements plays an important role. Unlike conventional facemasks, the shields do not cover and hide the mouths of the instructors, thus allowing the students to read the syllables from the lips of their teachers.
“This is a huge hit for us. We are deeply appreciative of this gift,” said Sam Hook, executive director at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. “The D-Shields will be of help to our students who rely on reading the lips of our faculty members during their presentations and teachings in the classroom.”
With many South Carolina schools reopening for the new academic year this week, the donation of 750 D-Shields comes at the right time for Spartanburg District Five.
“This donation comes at a very difficult time,” said Dr. Randall Gary, superintendent at Spartanburg District Five.
“Not only will the face shields be very helpful when it comes to working with our students in the classroom, they will also help us as a district and our students to transition back to school. We are very thankful to the DRÄXLMAIER Group for its generous support,” Gary added.
The D-Shields were made at the DRÄXLMAIER location in Braunau, Austria, and shipped from there to Duncan. The supplier uses a special injection molding tool that was developed and made in-house to manufacture the face shields. Lightweight, comfortable to wear and easy to clean and disinfect, the visors are CE-certified and meet all required safety standards. The DRÄXLMAIER Group currently produces 1,000 D-Shields per day at its Austrian location for distribution at its sites worldwide.
“At the DRÄXLMAIER Group, we are using our competences in design, precision toolmaking and injection molding to support the fight against the coronavirus,” said James Thomas, a technical engineer and automation supervisor for the DRÄXLMAIER Group in Duncan. “With our donation, we want to do our part and support those individuals and institutions that do great work for our society in these troubled times.”
Headquartered in Vilsbiburg, Germany, the DRÄXLMAIER Group has been manufacturing complex electrical systems and elegant interiors for premium automakers in the Americas since 1976. The company currently has 13 production sites in the region, including at its U.S. headquarters in Duncan, where it has been manufacturing interior systems since 1996. In addition to its South Carolina location, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also maintains logistics hubs in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., an engineering office in Mountain View, Calif., and a production site in Livermore, Calif.