By: Jon Chesto
During World War II, the Gillette factory in South Boston answered the call and built aircraft equipment as part of the war effort.
Today, the South Boston plant is once again answering the call, by manufacturing face shields for front line health care workers. This is only the second time in the history of the plant that they have manufactured something other than shaving products.
The P&G-owned company has committed to making at least 100,000 shields at the South Boston plant and donate them to health care organizations across the state as needed.
The Gillette engineering team went through 15 different designs before picking a face-shield design that incorporates the clear plastic packaging materials used in for their shaving products.
In addition to utilizing its Gillette plant to make face shields, P&G is making large batches of hand sanitizer at its Andover plant for first responders and others working to combat this virus.