BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A Brownsville manufacturing plant’s Corporate facility in New York is producing tens of thousands of True Hero Face Shields a day for first responders fighting the coronavirus.

Jamestown Plastics, based in Brocton, New York, has been a custom design manufacturer for over 60 years, normally producing products for the  automotive, medical, pharmaceutical, electric, electronics, telecommunications and consumer products sectors.

However, during the COVID-19 crisis the president, plant managers, engineers and workers decided to shift operations to meet a more pressing need, producing protective personal equipment for those on the front lines battling the pandemic.

“It gives our company huge satisfaction, such a fulfilling feeling, to be helping those on the frontlines, doing our part to help save lives,” said Fernando Baca, division manager for Jamestown Plastics in Brownsville, Texas.

Fernando Baca

“Our owner and President Jay Baker took it upon himself with the assistance of our design engineers to come up with this idea. His thoughts were not, oh, you have got to fulfill just another order. It is doing our part to save people’s lives, doing our part to achieve an added protection for those on the frontlines.”

Asked if the Brownsville plant could also produce the face shields for the medical community and first responders, Baca said: “The Brownsville Facility is ready to start producing these Face shields shall the orders continue to increase. If we are required to do it in the Valley, we are ready.”

Baca said he is most proud of his colleagues in New York for creating the face shields in such a short amount of time.  

“We have always been a very innovative company. Our owner has always shown initiative. To design the face shields and get things up and running so fast reflects well on our team. The demand was so huge, we knew we had to move fast. So, we turned it around from within 48 hours, from concept to design to tooling to production.”

At its peak, production of the True Hero Face Shields has been around 60,000 a day, and requests are coming in from all over the country and the world, Baca said.

Baca has been with Jamestown Plastics since it opened its Brownsville plant – on FM 511 – 25 years ago. The company decided to open a location on the Texas-Mexico border in order to service customers associated with maquiladoras. Jamestown Plastics has around 50 employees in Brownsville and 150 in Brocton.

“Trico Products wanted just in time deliveries  and asked us as their supplier to be closer and the owners Jim and Jay Baker made it happen to get to closer to them, so we came down here. We consider our clients an extension of our family, being that we are a family owned business,” Baca said.  

Asked for any wrap-up remarks, Baca said: “We are all very proud. This is one of the biggest opportunities, to do something for the human race, for our country, for the true heroes, the medical staff and first responders, police, fire. It is the least we can do.”

Editor’s Note: The above news story has been updated from the original posting to include more information from Fernando Baca about the owners of Jamestown Plastics.

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