THE STORY: G-Form, founded by former athletes, maintains its focus on protecting people, even now if they are not on the athletic fields in competition. With the COVOD-19 pandemic taking hold of the world in 2020, the North Smithfield-based sporting goods manufacturer began producing face shields to protect the community from virus spread.
› The shields are made of anti-fog polycarbonate, a contoured foam brow pad and latex-free elastic.
› The parts are cut to size and assembled by hand. Multiple operations prepare the materials and one operator assembles the parts.
› Each shield costs $4 and more than 1 million of them have been produced since April 2020.
› The demand for sports protective equipment was deeply impacted by the pandemic when spring sports were canceled. As a result, demand for face shields drove an increase in the company’s overall business.
› G-Form CEO Glen Giovanucci said: “G-Form has protected athletes against injury for over a decade. However, the mission to flatten the curve of COVID-19 is paramount.”
COVID-BORN: In April 2020, after an intensive effort to identify how to best contribute to the safety of health care workers and first responders fighting the pandemic, G-Form’s Polyworks facility began production on the face shields.