Ford has delivered more than 7,500 face shields to the New York Police Department since March 25. The face shields were produced in a Ford factory by Ford workers.
Ford announced this weekend that it has delivered 1 million face shields to medical workers and first responders nationwide since March 23.
The face shields delivered directly to the NYPD were in addition to 30,000 that were shipped to New York City by Ford.
Ford was able to make the 1 million face shields in about two weeks. The process began on March 19, when the Mayo Clinic alerted Ford of the shortage of personal protective equipment and asked for help to protect first responders. Production began on March 23, and the next day the company was producing 6,500 face shields, ramping up to 225,000 face shields per day by April 5. More than 300 United Auto Workers employees are working two shifts to assemble the shields.
Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Ford and the auto workers for making the face shields. “During difficult times, Americans pull together to solve tough problems — it’s part of who we are. New York City is on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are deeply grateful for the resources and support we are receiving from people across the country. We thank the members of the UAW and Ford for their support,” the mayor said in a statement.