To aid in the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19), Smith & Wesson has re-purposed a portion of its manufacturing capabilities to produce personal protection equipment (PPE) for front-line personnel.
At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., the engineering team at Smith & Wesson developed a process to produce face shields with 3D printers. Within two weeks, the company’s plastic injection molding facility had designed, manufactured and tested molds allowing for large-scale production. Now, S&W is producing 1,000 face shields per day for use not only by company employees, but also the medical community and first responders. To date, S&W has donated over 7,000 face shields and 12,000 sets of eye protection.
Continuing to operate during the pandemic as an essential business, Smith & Wesson has been working diligently to keep its employees safe. The company has staggered its shifts to reduce crowding, supplied face masks to employees, enhanced its cleaning protocols for equipment, and implemented strict social-distancing policies and no-touch infrared temperature scanning at all locations. Like many workers across the country, Smith & Wesson office staff continue to work remotely.
Not only has Smith & Wesson upped its safety protocols for workers, but they have also implemented a 20 percent pay increase for employees with job duties that require them to be onsite. This is in addition to modifying paid time off and insurance policies to allow flexibility for any employees that need to be away from work during these challenging times.