My name is Chris Rodkey. I am the owner of Vinylbomb which produces grand format printing and event fabrication. We are based out of Hamilton, NJ right in the heart of the “Trenton Makes The World Takes ” district. We went from absolutely no work to an idea I had while being home with the family wondering how we could help fight COVID-19. I was also worried about potentially laying off my team like so many companies are forced to do right now. From the idea I made a prototype that Sunday night. After that, it was a matter of days until we got to the point where we are currently overwhelmed with business. The "Rodkey Face Shield" was designed, prototyped and is currently being manufactured from start to finish in our production facility right here in NJ. It has only been a few days of production but we have produced and shipped masks to NJ, NY, PA and DE.
We offer the “Rodkey Face Shield” template as open source for anyone with a CNC or laser cutter to keep their business open. It also helps everyone effected fight the spread of COVID-19 so we can help get back to our normal lives. The "Pay it forward" mentality did not stop in the USA though. I have sent it to the UK, South America, Canada and Switzerland so far. In the UK it has started a movement among schools with industrial arts programs to make face shields to help with COVID-19 assessment centers being setup. Their website is https://make-more-masks.com which credited us for the template we created and offered for free to them.
The money raised will allow us to manufacture and deliver 2,000 masks to be distributed to Hospitals who are dealing with shortages of PPE.
An article about us on NJ.com
We were recently Interviewed with Greg Kelly about the "Rodkey Face Shield LLC"
Below is a post I put on face book to the sign and maker community this past Sunday.
Hello to everyone in the print and fabrication industries. It is times like this where we have to make a shift in production to something that helps fight the spread of COVID-19. While printing in New Jersey is considered an “essential” business, for some of us the work is coming to an end. To help change gears Vinylbomb is offering a face shield that can easily be produced on a laser cutter or CNC router. Most importantly it would be a product Made in the USA. Any “Essential” retail business can benefit from the added protection in addition to a standard face mask.
I am a 3 year old small business with 6 full times employees currently “on call”. If anyone would like to place orders to keep us busy that would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone who can use the template to stay in business and keep your employees from being laid off I am not charging for the template. Please send me a request
Please visit us @ www.vinylbomb.com
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