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Aftermarket Industry Comes Together to Retool Operations and Donate Goods

By Rachel Tatum

Don Schumacher Racing’s two Stratasys FDM 3D printers are operating around-the-clock to produce headbands to be used as part of medical face shields.

Many members have shifted their current operations to help combat COVID-19. The following companies have donated or retooled operations to help offer aid during this challenging time.

As of April 28, 2020

Dinsmore Inc: Dinsmore Inc. is 3D printing masks and assembling face shields to protect first responders.

Don Schumacher Racing: Don Schumacher Motorsports converted two Stratasys 3D printers to manufacture headband components for medical face shields.

Dr. Rachel’s Upholstery: Dr. Rachel’s Upholstery is manufacturing face masks for essential workers that are otherwise unable to secure PPE.

IPC - Indy Performance Composites: IPC is manufacturing face masks with 3D printing in partnership with Stratasys to assist with PPE shortage for medical staff. The company has already donated roughly 200 face shields.

Javelin Technologies Inc.: Javelin Technologies Inc. partnered with Sunnybrook Research Institute to develop, manufacture and rapidly deploy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front-line workers across Canada.

Jay Leno: Jay Leno’s Garage devoted Leno’s birthday month of April to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders and health care workers. Leno’s Garage is operating 24 hours a day.

Maxxsonics: Maxxsonics USA has now donated more than 25,000 masks and gloves across the Midwest offering assistance and support to those in need towards the battle against COVID-19.  

Mazda: Mazda and its dealer network announced the Essential Car Care program, through which they plan on investing a minimum of $5 million of service costs, by offering U.S. healthcare workers a free oil change and enhanced vehicle cleaning.

Mobile Electronics: Mobile Electronics retooled operation to make hundreds of face shields for healthcare workers as well as the general public. Many face shields were donated to healthcare workers at Yale-New Haven Health.

OK4WD: OK4WD is giving free labor toward vehicle maintenance, at-cost replacement parts, and deep discounts on tires to healthcare professionals and front line workers to help them keep their cars and trucks on the road so they can keep fighting COVID-19.

Polaris Inc: Several facilities are 3D printing frames for face shields to aid local medical communities. The Wyoming, Minnesota, facility is working with 3D Systems and Saint Thomas Academy to print frames, and in Huntsville, Alabama, employees have printed 45 frames and counting in support of local aid efforts.

Racing Optics: Racing Optics are providing multi-layer optically removal film for face shields and medical hoods.

Safety-Kleen Motorsports: Safety-Kleen Motorsports offers shop decontamination for the industry to help prepare offices and shops such as Petty's Garage for continued production.

Stratasys: Stratasys, along with partners across the globe, have come together to combat COVID-19 by producing 3D printed face shields.

Team Penske: Team Penske, along with Stratasys, produced more than 500 3D printed face shields in their shop.

Truck Hero: Truck Hero announced five of the company’s manufacturing facilities have been retooled to produce face masks, face shields, isolation gowns and plastic barriers.

SEMA members who have altered operations or donated medical supplies in response of COVID-19 are encouraged to submit their news to the association. As the industry’s trade association, SEMA is committed to providing services and information to help members all year long, but especially in times of critical need such as now. Companies may be highlighted in a variety of ways, including social media, SEMA publications and press releases.

For more information, visit the SEMA Members Making a Difference page.