Mukilteo company donates 200 face shields for health care workers

COVID-19 has prompted a county-wide effort in distributed manufacturing

By Kent Patton | Snohomish County Government Press Release

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 7, 2020 – Wizard International and Snohomish County announced progress on local Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) production. Wizard International donated 200 face shields to Snohomish County for distribution to health care workers and first responders.

Find out more about these locally made products at www.wizardppe.com

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Front line workers and first responders across Snohomish County have experienced difficulties procuring consistent supplies of PPE since February and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty of supplies for specific types of PPE is expected to continue as different sectors of the community reactivate and additional cases of COVID-19 emerge.

Snohomish County has been leading an effort to connect local production capacity for PPE with end-users. The sources of this production capacity range from privately-owned 3D printers and sewing machines to privately-operated businesses with equipment and personnel that could be retooled for PPE (design, 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutting, water jet cutting, computer numerical control (CNC), workspaces, welding, tools, etc.).

One local business that has jumped at this opportunity is Wizard International. Wizard International, led in Snohomish County by Cyril Faulkner, has shifted manufacturing in Mukilteo from picture framing equipment to face shields, based on a design approved by the National Institutes of Health. They are graciously donating their first production run of 200 shields to Snohomish County through the Emergency Coordination Center.

“On behalf of Snohomish County, we gladly accept this donation for the health care workers and first responders fighting this pandemic,” said Jason Biermann, Director of Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management. “Wizard International’s efforts, along with many other companies in our community, showcase the ingenuity of local businesses and show how our region is coming together to help each other. We are working hard to build local capacity for the long-term.”

“We are proud, as a local manufacturer, to support our first responders by donating this delivery of Face Shields and grateful to Snohomish County for the opportunity to be part of resolving our nations PPE scarcity,” said Cyril Faulkner, Chief Financial Officer of Wizard International.

Snohomish County will continue to support innovative efforts to provide medical-grade PPE for local health care workers and first responders.

For access to photos of Wizard’s production of PPE, please visit here.

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Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s free community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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