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RRD pivots some packaging production to face shields


May 27, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

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R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) has announced that it has shifted some of the production at its packaging facilities in Greensboro, N.C. and Reynosa, Mexico to create single-user paper face shields to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The company is currently able to produce approximately one million pieces per week by completely automating the production cycle.

“As businesses begin to ramp up, their number one need is to keep employees and customers safe,” said John Pecaric, president, RRD Business Services. “RRD has been able to address that need by converting some of our existing packaging equipment to produce face shields for companies seeking to protect their essential workers.”

The shields offer a cost-effective solution for businesses where interpersonal engagement is necessary, particularly “essential” workers, including those that are employed in the retail and grocery, restaurant and foodservice, manufacturing, civil service, hospitality and travel industries.

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RRD’s face shields are intended to be used as a standalone personal-use face shield, for either a single user or single use. The shields cover the entire facial area and can be custom printed with branding and messaging and are made from recyclable 18pt solid bleached board (SBS) with a 4-5mm polystyrene plastic film to cover the face.