D’Addario awarded grant to expand face shield manufacturing

At the start of the COVID pandemic, Dynatomy’s parent company, D’Addario, shut down all normal manufacturing options, including of Dynatomy’s hand exercise devices, and rapidly switched to producing PPE face shields en masse for healthcare workers and others on the front lines. D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, and they were able to convert the clear film used to make Evans G2 drumheads into face shields.


Recently, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul toured the D’Addario’s factory in Farmingdale to learn more about their face shield operation. New York State and the Empire State Development Corporation recently awarded D’Addario a $341,000 grant to expand face shield manufacturing operations.


With the grant, D’Addario will build four semi-automated “work cells” to improve efficiency, lower manufacturing cost, and double production capacity — leading to more face shields and additional factory jobs.


“At a time when we were scouring the earth in search of personal protective equipment, New York State’s manufacturers like D’Addario answered the call to support our COVID-19 frontline heroes,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “We are proud to support our innovative manufacturers who are stepping up to save lives and are a model for how we build back better for the post-pandemic future.”


From left to right: John D’Addario III, New York Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre and her daughter, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul, Jim D’Addario, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and New York State Senator John Brooks.


Switching from guitar strings and drumheads to PPE almost overnight was no simple feat. After D’Addario was forced to close its factory doors in April, a team of engineers, led by Chief Innovation Officer Jim D’Addario, worked meticulously to develop these face shields from the clear film used to make the Evans G2 drumhead. Because Dynatomy and D’Addario have experience making products in the rehabilitation and healthcare space, the team was successfully able to develop a face shield prototype in just three days.


To date, D’Addario has sold almost 1.5 million face shields — primarily to hospitals and healthcare equipment distributors. However, the face shields have also found their way to local businesses, schools, and even the Detroit Lions NFL team.


“An unprecedented crisis like the Global Pandemic in many ways can define individuals and organizations,” said D’Addario CEO, John D’Addario 3. “I could not be prouder of the ingenuity and genuine care of our family of employees at D’Addario in helping those in need of PPE materials. I am equally proud of not only the leadership of NY state in how they have navigated the uncertainty of COVID-19 but also their willingness to partner with companies like ours to truly make a difference in protecting people.”


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