TULSA, Okla. — As medical workers across the country fight a shortage of supplies, Green Country companies are doing what they can to pitch in. One of those companies is John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, which has built hundreds of face shields for their local heroes.
Tim Aman is an infrastructure analyst with the Tulsa-based company, who is one of the only people in the building as most employees work remotely.
He keeps tabs on all the equipment, but one day saw an article about shops 3D printing masks and face shields for medical workers.
"It struck me our printers were sitting idle," Aman said. "I thought, ‘well you know, we have all this equipment sitting around, I wonder if we could do something to help.’”
Aman fired up all the building’s 3D printers, and put them to work making 20 face shields every day for our local medical workers.
The company has now printed around 300 masks, and donated them to medical workers in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Eufala, Bristow, Seminole, Oklahoma City, Wakita, and Key West, FL.
“They’re doing everything they can, working long hours, taking the emotional load of trying to help people, I can’t imagine what that’s like," Aman said. "But I can at least do my part to provide equipment to make their job a little easier and keep them safe.”
The company donated 27 masks to Saint Francis in Tulsa, which is overwhelmed with the outpouring of support they've received over the past couple months.
"It’s been huge, the outpouring of generosity," said Saint Francis Hospital South Administrator Todd Schuster. "The donations that the community has showered us and all our facilities across the system has been incredible.”
Shops across Green Country have been using their 3D printing capabilities to help local workers, and Aman urges anyone with even a single printer to do what they can to help support those on the front lines.
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