To go from nothing to shipping product in eight or ten days, that is something that never happens,” Gold said. “There were a lot of late-night phone calls and everybody coming at it with the right attitude. . . . I don’t think you can understate the importance of CIRAS on the front end of this.
CIRAS utilized their lab resources to make the tooling needed to produce face shields and helped identify sources for the raw materials. CIRAS consultants also paired The Dimensional Group with another Iowa company that produced one component of the face shield. Within two months the companies together produced over 1.3 million medical face shields to help alleviate the PPE shortage in Iowa.