Updated: The demand for clear plastic barriers in offices and shops is prompting one fabricator to open a side business.
Regal Plastics is an Irving, Texas, supplier of acrylic and other clear plastics. It began making face shields in mid-March as the coronavirus epidemic spread across the U.S. So far it has made 50,000 of them, the company told the Dallas News.
How busy has it been? The company compares it to a "tsunami." CEO Chad Gono told the Dallas News that in 2019, Regal had $22 million in sales. After COVID-19 hit: "We did $4.8 million sales in one day."
There is booming demand everywhere for barriers.
Southeastern Plastics Inc., a supplier of aircraft interior parts for 30 years, has been able to pivot to turn its expertise into new opportunities supplying protective barriers.
The company even has a new product line marketed at clearlybetween.com, using its experience and capabilities in design and manufacturing in Greensboro, N.C.
"All of our products are manufactured from clear acrylic, are free standing, and require no installation or modification to office counters or furniture. They snap together in just a few seconds," the company says.