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N.S. company who pivoted to face shields sees future for local PPE

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Feature story by Keith Doucette, Canadian Press

A small Nova Scotia company that retooled to make medical face shields for the province's health-care system says it is exceeding its own manufacturing target more than a month into the fledgling venture.

MacKenzie Atlantic, located in Musquodoboit Harbour, signed an agreement in mid-April to provide shields for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre to help boost supply during the COVID-19 outbreak.

MacKenzie, a machine shop that typically manufactures items for the defense sector, was tapped to produce one million face shields for the health authority and 100,000 for the IWK. The company aimed to eventually increase production to 70,000 shields per week.

"We are producing about 90,000 face shields a week right now," owner Matthew MacKenzie said in a recent interview...

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