EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — FastSigns off Airway in East El Paso normally makes signs. However, they have now started to make personal protective equipment.
The owner of FastSigns Monica Velasco’s phone has been ringing off the hook. With people calling about getting PPE.
On April 2 she posted on Facebook about having custom-made face shields available. Within thirty minutes she was completely sold out.
“We never thought being a sign company that we would be making these types of products to help possibly save some lives right now,” said Monica Velasco, Owner of FastSigns on Airway. “These are going to different companies where people are on the front lines.”
FastSigns is using their machine which is normally used to cut plastic for signs, to now cut plastic and acrylic for the PPE.
“Use our equipment in different ways and not so much in the signage but with the material and all the equipment we have. We’re repurposing and trying to find innovative products,” said Velasco.
FastSigns are making more than just face shields. They are also making “intubation boxes” for local hospitals. Doctors use the boxes when treating people with COVID-19 to protect themselves.
They’re also producing counter shields and social distancing floor mats for essential businesses still operating which allow employees and customers to keep a safe distance from one another.
FastSigns say they are making more face shields available soon, saying they have the design figured out now so the hardest thing is just finding the material to make them with.