Pivot or go bust was what Molded Precision Components (MPC) faced when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March. The engineering and injection moulding firm was entrenched in the automotive business. When that dried up, the Oro-Medonte company had to figure out how to stay afloat.
MPC decided to make face shields. Before COVID-19, there were 55 people employed at the facility. Now there are 160 workers. MPC spent millions of dollars to retool its manufacturing plant.
On Monday, the 10 millionth face shield came off the assembly line.
Not only has MPC been selling the face shields in a partnership with Sterling Industries, the company has distributed free face shields to restaurants, child-care facilities, retirement homes and others in the area.