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MANUFACTURING Personal Protective Equipment

Recent world events have changed the landscape of custom fabrication, there is no way around that. That’s why we have converted our facilities to a manufacturing line and are currently producing face-shields to help fight the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 has changed every facet of how we navigate our daily lives and its sudden appearance continues to tax our undersupplied medical system. Recently though we have seen truly inspiring efforts from individuals, businesses and communities. All of which are adapting and overcoming the new social construct as they tirelessly work to restore normalcy to daily life. The workers, friends and family of BWS have found a way to create meaningful impact too doing what we do best.

Currently, Bridgewater has joined the fight and is working to manufacture face shields to aide in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We were contacted by our friends at Bednark Studio who had developed a NYC DOH approved face shield prototype and were asked to spearhead production efforts in the Midwest. As of March 23rd, we have have converted our custom fabrication studio to a manufacturing line and are producing over 7000 masks a day.

‍You can follow relevant media coverage for more info here (updated 3/30/2020):

March 30, 2020
Patrick Justice, partner at Bridgewater Studio, discusses current production efforts on the The Jen Weigel Show (03/30/20) - Focusing on Overall Wellness
March 30, 2020
Select Group Of Priests And Chaplains Still Visiting COVID-19 Patients At Hospitals, Homes
March 27, 2020
New Manufacturing equipment aides production at Bridgewater
March 26, 2020
Local Manufacturers Stepping Up To Produce Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals, First Responders
March 23, 2020
Prototyping and preparing for manufacture of face shields


We are currently producing 7000 units a day all because of the dedicated efforts of our employees. The challenges of navigating a pandemic environment have been difficult, but we have been able to create a safe work environment and while ramping up production.

We are currently in need of employees at 40 hrs/wk, M-F, assembling face shields. This is paid, W2 work, 1st and 2nd shifts available with possible future plans to add a 3rd shift. As we are looking to maintain a safe and disease free space while manufacturing this equipment, employees temperatures are tested at the start of every shift via contactless thermometer. Anyone failing this test is sent home immediately.

We ask that you have your own transportation, to avoid the CTA, have been social distancing (other than essential functions for the last ten days) and have neither been around anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms nor have any yourself. Those interested should email


If you, your organization, or anyone you know is in need of face shields, please reach out to for purchasing information.

Also, we are currently seeking vendors who have access to relevant supplies for immediate delivery to 1719 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60619. Please contact for follow-up and details.

ELASTIC BAND: ¾” or 1” elastics

FOAM: 1” x 1” adhesive backed foam

PETG: Sheets .02” or .03” thickness - *CRITICAL SUPPLY*

This truly is an unprecedented situation in modern times. However we are taking measured, confident steps towards being apart of the solution. We'll keep you updated. Stay smiling, and stay safe.

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