Governor Hogan Accepts Hardwire’s Donation of 200,000 Face Shields to the State of Maryland
Made-in-Maryland Face Shields Will Go to School Systems Across the State
State Continues to Expand PPE Stockpile for Winter Months
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today accepted a donation of 200,000 face shields from Maryland manufacturer Hardwire, LLC to the Maryland State Department of Education. Hardwire’s donation of top-quality face shields will provide an additional layer of protection for teachers, faculty members, and staff throughout the State of Maryland.
The governor accepted the donation at Annapolis High School, where he was joined by Hardwire CEO George Tunis, Hardwire President and Chief Operating Officer Emily Tunis, and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon.
“After spending months ramping up our stockpile of PPE, Maryland now has a 90-day emergency supply of the most critical resources and has distributed more than 78 million units of PPE,” said Governor Hogan. “This donation of face shields from Hardwire will help Maryland further boost our critical stockpile and prepare our state to face this surge of COVID-19.”
When the pandemic struck, Hardwire joined the fight against COVID-19 by retooling one of its manufacturing facilities to produce high-quality, reusable face shields. Within days, Hardwire supplied these vital PPE components to the State of Maryland, FEMA, other state governments, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, and individuals.
“As a working father of four with a working spouse, and as an employer of essential workers who have families of their own, we understand how important it is to ensure schools are open, safe, and functional for teachers, staff, students, and their families,” said George Tunis. “Our goal is to help offer another line of defense to ensure they remain safe and operational as long as possible.”
Hardwire supported its local economy on the Eastern Shore by employing displaced local workers, and achieved a daily production rate of over 100,000 units per day, surpassing much larger Fortune 500 companies in capacity. Hardwire’s manufacturing capability in Pocomoke City remains ready to produce additional PPE as needed.
Hardwire is a leading provider of life-saving armor solutions to the military, law enforcement, schools and businesses. The company has armored police vehicles for large cities and municipalities, covered miles of the nation’s critical bridges with armor, outfitted countless police officers, and supplied body armor to the U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Army.
More than 300 Maryland businesses are supporting the state’s fight against COVID-19. Learn more at governor.maryland.gov/maryland-unites-businesses.