Alabama printer making face shields for health care workers

Alabama printer making face shields for health care workers
Michael Cuesta of Calagaz Printing wears a face mask the Mobile printing company is making for health care workers. (contributed)

An Alabama printing company focused on the restaurant industry has found a way to help health care workers and keep its business going during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A worker at Calagaz Printing in Mobile prepares a machine to print face masks for health care workers. (contributed)

“Our director of sales, Michael Cuesta, came up with this idea that we can create face shields,” Joe Calagaz, owner of Calagaz Printing, said. “He presented a homemade prototype to me and then, along with our director of operations, we created six working prototypes. We then met with four area hospitals to get their feedback and, after some adjustments, we received orders and went into production mode.”

Calagaz said his company is gearing up to produce 5,000 face masks per day.

“In less than a week we created a prototype, met with hospitals, ordered materials and delivered the first 5,000 to Mobile’s four hospitals,” Calagaz said. “Kudos to our team for thinking outside the box and working hard to make this happen.”

Calagaz Printing in Mobile is a third-generation family-owned printing business. Joe Calagaz joined the company in 1991, a business his grandfather started in 1955. Calagaz said the community response this week has been amazing.

“Our entire team of 17 employees is honored to work and provide a solution for our health care workers,” Calagaz said. “We have a sense of pride and are grateful to have the means by which we can have an impact in this time of crisis.”

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