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US-Based Cascade Lacrosse Pivots to Supply Medical Professionals Combating COVID-19 with Face Shields

March 26, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release

Amidst the growing spread of COVID-19, concern for the health of individuals and a demand for personal protection supplies, MLL's proud partner, Cascade Lacrosse, re-opened their factories. They are building face shields for our medical professionals, putting their health on the line to help others.

Cascade has already begun producing face shields. Orders can be placed below:

Customer Service | 1.800.573.1702 | orders@cascademaverik.com

Today, Cascade Lacrosse is currently in production of face shields for health providers and medical professionals across the country in need of additional supplies.

The pivot in business comes in the wake of last week's mandatory shutdown of non-essential businesses in New York, which closed the Cascade helmet factory. The effects of the Coronavirus have employees working from home to stay safe and healthy, but has left those who fill the production floor temporarily out of work.

Cascade Maverik GM, Tim Ellsworth says, "Our Mission Statement begins, 'We are American innovators with a Passion To Protect...' and it's NEVER been more true than today."

While most of New York was asked to work from home and Cascade's factory doors closed, it was only a matter of hours before the team's curiosity, ingenuity and passion to be a part of the solution kicked in, answering the bell on a medical supply shortage in a time of crisis. "Whatever we can do to keep people safe and help bring the country back to a state of normality is what we plan to do today and through the immediate future," he says. "Thankfully, we have the resources, vendors, and facilities to contribute on a national scale, but most importantly, we have the right people."

Repurposing Cascade talents, resources and suppliers took place in under 72 hours. Leading the charge is Sr. Director of R&D, Win Fream and Plant Manager, Dave Christopher, working in lockstep on the multi disciplined effort, aligning design, material and production teams. A weekend prototype evolved rapidly to a final production model earlier this week. The initial forecast for face shields is in the tens of thousands per week.

Tim adds, "This product is the result of domestic manufacturing, years of teamwork and cohesion between our R&D team and regional suppliers. A herculean effort from all involved would be an understatement. We're thankful for hard-working teammates and supportive partners."


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