Local businesses deliver thousands of face shields to Mayo Clinic Health System

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Two local manufacturing companies are making a big donation to support healthcare workers.

At the beginning of April, Sparta based business, Spartek Inc. teamed up with Stellar Mold & Tool in Galesville.

Together, they designed plastic face-shields for local health care workers.

On Saturday, Mayo Clinic Health System received 2,000 of those shields.

Mayo Clinic says the donation is overwhelming.

“It’s clear nationwide, there’s a shortage of this type of equipment to keep employees safe. So it’s incredibly meaningful to us, our system, and employees,” said Paul Mueller, M.D., Regional Vice President for Mayo Clinic Health System.

But efforts are just getting started.

Spartek is taking a new approach to supply the community with these PPE’s.

It’s reaching out to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses.

“It’s really been a group effort to get this launched into the market as quickly as we did, to try to help out the people in the medical community, and now what we’re seeing is the people working in essential businesses,” Spartek CEO, George Parke, said.

Stellar Mold and Tool designed the forehead band in about three and a half days, and can produce 4,500 of them a day.

Right now, Spartek has the materials to make 220,000 shields.

Parke says other companies have partnered up to help with production too.