FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (April 8, 2020)—Dynatomy and parent company, D’Addario, are teaming up to assist health care professionals in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE). D'Addario a musical accessories company, and their engineering team has found a way to transform their Evans G2 drumheads into protective face shields for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to be in production by April 27 or earlier and to ramp up as quickly as possible to a capacity of 100,000 face shields per week.

Led by Chief Innovation Officer, Jim D’Addario, the engineering team worked around the clock for three days to rework the clear film from the drumheads into face shield prototypes. And since Dynatomy already produces FDA-approved physical therapy and hand therapy products, they were able to work quickly on manufacturing and distribution solutions. The plan is to mass produce the Dynatomy Face Shield in the Evans drumhead facility, which the NYSEDC gave approval to stay open.

“We called this Project Excelsior after the New York State motto, which means “Ever Upward”, because it captured the extraordinary determination and can-do spirit of our small team of engineers and product designers. It also typifies our music company’s current credo during the crisis: “wewillplayon," said John D'Addario III, CEO.

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