Local business converts to face shield manufacturing amid crisis

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 9, 2020

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CLEMMONS — Local business Battery Watering Technologies has begun producing face shields to help both the country and the community battle COVID-19. A plastics manufacturer operating in the commercial and industrial battery sector, Battery Watering Technologies is now producing full coverage face shields that are comfortable and practical. The company has launched an e-commerce website: www.xtremedefenseppe.com. “We can currently produce up to 6,000 face shields per day,” President of Battery Watering Technologies Rob Soares said. The company will be hosting a drive-in sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at its headquarters on 6645 Holder Road in Clemmons. Community members can stop by the tent and purchase face shields from the comfort of their car, which retail for about $10 each. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. Please follow the signs and gate and turn into the shipping and receiving entrance on Holder Road. By attending the event, purchasers will be able to avoid shipping costs. Additionally, the company has pledged to donate $1 for every shield sold at the event to Cancer Services of Winston-Salem. “We are so thankful to Battery Watering Technologies for this thoughtful and generous support. It comes at such a critical time as our agency has seen over 180% increase in client needs since this time last year — this will truly help us meet vital needs of cancer survivors in our community,” Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Services Tara O’Brien said.

As of Wednesday, June 24, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the continuation of the Phase Two executive order. This order mandates that all citizens in the state of North Carolina must wear “face coverings” while in retail businesses, restaurants, state government, personal care/grooming businesses, etc. The executive order specifically includes face shields as a face covering. A recent opinion piece in JAMA by Eli Perencevich, M.D., and his colleagues, suggests that face shields may provide a better alternative over masks. The article states that “face shields were shown to reduce immediate viral exposure by 96% when worn by a simulated health care worker within 18 inches of a cough.”

While face shields are certainly not a cure, they might be a step in the right direction for protecting citizens. There is still so much unknown about the transmission of COVID-19 and face shields are a viable option for protecting both oneself and others. “Wearing a face shield is a no-brainer. A face shield covers your entire face, including your eyes, where a mask does not. A face shield allows you to see and receive basic human characteristics that we used to take for granted, such as a smile.” Scott Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of Battery Watering Technologies, said.  Visit Xtreme Defense online for more information at www.xtremedefenseppe.com.

Battery Watering Technologies was founded in 1999 by Scott and Julie Elliott in Clemmons. It is a global leader in battery watering solutions for industrial and commercial applications. Its mission is to be a company of excellence which delivers products and services that exceed our customer’s expectations and that has not changed since inception. The company is located at 6645 Holder Road in Clemmons.