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Zootility Introduces Hover Shield For Travel, Designed To Fit Disposable Masks

PORTLAND, Maine -- Zootility, a design-driven US manufacturing company, announces a breakthrough innovation - the first travel eye shield, known as Hover Shield, that attaches to any disposable mask. Unlike any of its conventional bulky design predecessors, the nearly invisible Hover Shield provides an attractive solution for traveling, seasonal allergies, yard work, large public gatherings, institutional settings, and working in dusty environments.

Zootility's patent-pending loop hooking design allows the Hover Shield to be easily attached to any disposable mask with ear loops without applying any pressure to the face. The low-cost disposable shield was developed in part with support from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI).

The lightweight and transparent construction of the Hover Shield makes it barely noticeable. The Hover Shield seamlessly extends above any mask to cover the rest of the face. Other key features include universal attachment, adjustable angle, no straps and no pressure points design. Hover Shield also solves one of the biggest complaints wearers have with traditional face shields - fogging from their own warm exhalations. Hover Shield is available with an anti-fogging coating option.

"No one wants to wear a bulky eye shield when traveling. Hover Shield was created by travelers for travelers with comfort in mind and is perfect for air travel. Hover Shield deflects droplets from traveling directly into the eyes without obscuring the vision or adding the bulk that comes with conventional face shields. It basically just hovers there!" says Nate Barr, Founder of Zootility.

The product launch comes as more people worldwide are beginning to travel for the first time in a year amidst COVID numbers slowly increasing due to the highly virulent Delta variant. The CDC has long recommended eye protection in addition to a face mask whenever masking is required. Until now, there has not been a cost-effective solution for eye protection. The Hover Shield makes that recommendation easier to follow.

Visit Zootility's Kickstarter page to order your Hover Shield, meet the creators, and learn more about the product that is changing the way we travel:

Zootility designs, launches, and manufactures exciting functional everyday products that solve interesting problems using clever solutions, quality materials, and futuristic technology. For more information on Zootility, please visit


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MWBE’s For PPE: American Manufacturing Re-Investing In Underserved Communities

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Minority business enterprise (MBE) New York-based development and diversity supplier firm, MRV Group, LLC partners with architectural firm DXA studio to re-invest American made PPE sales to 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) organizations that support MWBE's and underserved communities impacted by COVID-19.



WHERE: Nationwide

WHEN: February 1 - March 31, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic almost a year ago, the supply chain of personal protection equipment (PPE) in the United States, such as medical grade facial masks, has been in short supply, with a heavy dependence on overseas manufacturing.

MWBE's For PPE is driving support to contribute to economic recovery efforts by advocating for organizations to purchase PPE from American manufacturers. In addition, the campaign directly re-invests sales toward 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(3) organizations that advance MWBE's (minority women business enterprises) and underserved communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our firm focuses on advancing economic and social development place making strategies. Without the diversity of an entire community being represented, transformative community benefits and economic development can't be achieved effectively," says Glenn O. Vickers II, Principal Owner of MRV Group. "Working with partners like Empire State Development, NYC Small Business Services, NJ Office of Diversity and Inclusion to name a few, we know first-hand we are in a unique time in history to really come together at this moment."

Participants of the initiative, when ordering discounted American Made PPE, will select a 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(3) of their choice to support and 21% of each order will be re-invested into those organizations that support MWBE's and/or underserved communities within 7 days. MWBE's For PPE will be taking place during February (Black History Month) and March (Women's History Month).

New York based DXA studio, which just launched a comprehensive corporate Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity program, has increased MWBE participation efforts for their work throughout the country including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington D.C. "We're very excited to be part of this initiative with MRV Group, and in particular that it will multiply the positive effects of the distribution of PPE towards such great causes," says Wayne Norbeck Co-Founder of DXA studio.

"Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Districts, and a host of charitable organizations have been a lifeline for businesses and families alike during this time. They need all of our help to continue their critical work," says Vickers.

Municipalities, corporations, hospitals, and construction firms alike are encouraged to join the campaign today by visiting for more information.

About MRV Group, LLC

MRV Group, LLC is a privately held full-service development, management, and commodity diversity supplier. They provide services for government clients at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as services in support of private and non-profit industries. MRV Group, LLC is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Learn more:

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MRV Group, LLC

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Mopec Now Offering Disposable Gowns and Shoe Covers under Guardian Systems Line of PPE

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- Mopec, the nationwide leader in pathology, anatomy, mortuary and necropsy equipment and supplies, introduced disposable shoe covers as well as two different types of disposable gowns under their Mopec Guardian Systems line of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The offerings include disposable poly gowns, level IV isolation gowns, and disposable shoe covers. Items will be sold individually and will range in price from $2 - $8, depending on the product. These new items will join Mopec's full line of FDA- and CE-compliant PPE, including full-length face shields, 3-ply and KN95 masks, no-contact infrared thermometers and hand sanitizer.

"With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mopec recognized a need for gowns that actually provide healthcare workers with an adequate level of protection," said Jay Troger, CEO of Mopec. "We understand that demands for PPE continue to increase for our customers, and we want to make sure we do everything we can to provide the products that they need."

Mopec's PPE offerings are just one aspect of the Mopec Guardian Systems line of COVID-19 Preparation and Response products. The line also includes Mobile Morgue Containers & Trailers for rental and purchase, Guardian Systems for Lab Safety products, the patented MERC Portable Cooling Systems, Body Bags, the Guardian Rack System, and the MaxAir CAPR System.

For more information, or to obtain a quotation, please visit, or call (800) 362-8491.

About Mopec

Mopec, based in Madison Heights, Michigan, is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality pathology, anatomy, mortuary, and necropsy equipment and products. Founded in 1992, Mopec differentiates itself through its extensive engineering process, superior design, and market-leading quality. Mopec is Better By Design and specializes in solutions for hospitals, universities, morgues, and a variety of other markets. Mopec is committed to the production innovative products and providing high quality customer service. For more information, visit

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Fort Worth Company Donates ‘Made in America’ N95 Masks to Salvation Army

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth-based company United States Mask is on a mission to make the holidays a little brighter and safer for community members who need it the most. At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, the United States Mask team will donate more than a thousand N95 particulate respirators to the Salvation Army of North Texas. With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the company is making sure that Salvation Army volunteers and children and families in need have the best protection available.

The integrity of the product they are giving is of utmost importance to United States Mask co-founders John Bielamowicz and David Baillargeon. Their N95 respirator is certified by the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The product is also sourced and made exclusively in the United States, eliminating reliance on overseas supply chains. Using state-of-the-art technology and custom machinery, the N95 masks are part of the founders' commitment to bring manufacturing of personal protective equipment back to the U.S.

Built on the idea that masks should be made in America for Americans, Bielamowicz and Baillargeon started their company in April of 2020 when the pair saw that a limited supply of PPE was forcing healthcare personnel, first responders and front-line workers to reuse N95 respirators that had been imported from around the world. Finding the situation unacceptable, the business partners set out on a mission to ensure that individuals have access to N95s that are trustworthy and dependable.

"This is a difficult time for many people, and organizations like the Salvation Army are still continuing with their mission," said Baillargeon. "This donation is just a small way we can help to make sure these brave women and men are able to stay safe during this holiday season."

Purchasing options for United States Mask's N95 particulate respirators are available in quantities suitable for both small and large organizations. For more information or to place an order, visit

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Executive Intends to Stand on NYC Street Hugging COVID-19 Infected People

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- New York based Best Virus Shields ( is the manufacturer of a new "oral" COVID-19 respirator mask for use in high-risk environments, like sitting in an airliner cabin for several hours shoulder-to-shoulder with up to 300 strangers or visits to medical facilities. Today the company announced that its President, Thomas Leahy, would stand on 7th. Ave. at the NW corner of 42nd. Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 25th. and 26th. to demonstrate the efficacy of the company's groundbreaking oral respirator mask.

While stationed there each day, Mr. Leahy will hold a large sign encouraging people infected with COVID-19, the flu or a common cold virus to take a moment for a hug in the spirit of hope and for the benefit of science. Mr. Leahy states, "I will rely on well-settled science and the superior KN100 filter technology incorporated into the company's oral respirator mask to be protected against any viruses. Further, in preparation, I tested negative for COVID-19 three different times in the past three weeks at three different laboratories and I will retest again following this event."

This oral respirator mask, a device that goes partially inside one's mouth to make a perfect seal using one's lips rather than directly on one's face, is a giant leap forward in COVID-19, flu and common cold personal protection. This oral respirator mask addresses the biggest problem underlying most face masks. That problem being face masks are only fully functional (to their rated standard) if they are able to seal perfectly to one's face 100% of the time.

Today, few face masks have that ability because most face masks leak around the edges and bridge of one's nose to varying degrees. This leakage is due to faces being different sizes and shapes due to age, ethnicity, gender, weight and unique facial features. This leakage significantly undermines the effectiveness of a face mask. In fact, common surgical type face masks and many homemade or e-commerce sourced decorative face masks are notorious for leaks and are essentially just ornamental.

About Best Virus Shields:

Best Virus Shields, Inc is a new company formed in 2020 to develop products that use mechanical systems and advanced filter materials to protect users in high-risk or life-threatening environments. These include exposure to COVID-19, the flu, and common cold viruses, as well as wildfire smoke. (Thermally generated particulates.) Visit for more information about our innovative oral respirator mask.

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Hawaii’s First N-95 Mask Factory Opens Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 in Kona

KONA, Hawaii -- Kona Mask Co. LLC, located in Kailua-Kona near Costco, will begin producing N-95 and flat-pleated masks using two automated machines. "We can produce 1 million masks every 3 weeks made right here in Hawaii," says Nicolas Garcia, CEO of Kona Mask.

Garcia saw the need for a local manufacturer to provide PPE rather than one based thousands of miles away.

Garcia adds, "We are inviting Mayor Harry Kim, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, government officials, and local leaders who helped inspire this concept, to walk through the factory on Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m."

For further information, contact Nicolas Garcia, 808-365-6989 or email

Factory address: 73-4820 Kanalani Street, Bay 9, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Other newsworthy items:

* Captain Nicolas Garcia retired from United Airlines on April 1, 2020 after 46 years as a pilot.

* The mask factory was inspired after the Pandemic was declared and Garcia could not find a mask for his fiancé, Amy Colombo, a United Airlines flight attendant.

* The funding came from Garcia selling his home and retirement savings.

* Garcia ran a successful airline soap factory during the 1980s AIDS Crisis.

* The factory will be staffed by locals with manufacturing experience.

* The factory mural was painted by Katana Leigh and will be unveiled on Saturday.

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Capital Office Products Supports its Community and Local Businesses by Supplying Essential Items

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Capital Office Products keeps clients stocked as they navigate new workplace solutions through the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses have faced many challenges in 2020 and they are constantly changing, particularly in Los Angeles which has approached reopening the city with caution.

Capital Office Products holds a diverse client base including law firms, schools, and the fire department. As clients faced challenges like making the transition from working in the office to all employees working from home they worked with suppliers to find essential items clients needed to keep operations running smoothly.

Founder Carolyn Nelson says, "Capital Office Products guarantees to go above and beyond to get our clients the products they need because we truly care about their businesses like they were our own."

In going above and beyond for clients, Nelson and the Capital Office Products team focused on getting essential work from home items, like home office furniture, delivered to employees' homes while finding additional sources for hygiene products. When their standard vendor was out of the most in-demand product, hand sanitizer, Nelson immediately worked to find a solution. This led to a new partnership with a local company making hand sanitizer, which allowed Capital Office Products to make a same-day delivery of 5,000 hand sanitizers to the LA County Fire Department station. As College of the Canyons is navigating the challenges schools have been presented with, they acquired 2000 customized masks with the school logo through Capital Office Products.

Supporting the community has always been important to Nelson, who regularly works with and supports organizations such as Carousel Ranch and Bridge to Home. To support both of these organizations Capital Office Products has donated hand sanitizer to help protect volunteers and individuals in the community.

For essential businesses that have remained in their original workplaces, Capital Office Products has continued to deliver office supplies and source PPE daily. These efforts ensure Nelson and the team can meet clients' needs seamlessly. In addition to PPE essentials like hand sanitizer and masks, Capital Office Products has added barriers and furniture modifications to their supply list for all social distancing needs. Capital Office Products recently relaunched their website with a new design to make it even easier for new and existing clients to find what they need.

About Capital Office Products:

Founded in 1994 by Carolyn and Richard Nelson, Capital Office Products was started with the firm belief that there is a space in business relationships for clients that value the vendor relationship and the desire to connect with those clients. Capital Office Products is a certified WBE/DBE with the City of Los Angeles, an LSBE with the County of Los Angeles, and a certified small business with LAUSD. For more information on services and products, visit their recently updated website at:

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(818) 362-4156

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Rhode Island Manufacturer Increases Production of Protective Face Shields amid Nationwide COVID-19 Resurgence

JOHNSTON, R.I. -- In response to the nationwide resurgence of COVID-19, A&H Worldwide recently increased production of their protective face shields to keep up with the rising demand. These affordable face shields are made of durable 16 pt. PETG plastic with a comfortable foam headband and an adjustable elastic band. They are available in a multitude of quantities to anyone interested and can be customized if desired.

"We've been manufacturing these face shields for over 3 months now and we're finding that the demand for them is increasing with the recent resurgence of the virus," said Chuck Simard, director of international operations. "A leading national pharmacy chain recently purchased over one million of our shields to be sold in their retail stores," he added. The plastic face shields offer benefits that cloth coverings don't, including improved communication, ventilation, less face touching and they can be easily sanitized and reused.

The face shields are suitable for many industries including retail, grocery stores, food service workers, first responders, police & fire, schools and for anyone required to work directly with the public.

For more information or to purchase the face shields, please call 401-943-5040 ex: 546, email or visit

About A&H Worldwide

For over 50 years, A&H Worldwide, a global leader in product packaging, has been providing the world's leading retail brands with innovative, creative packaging. Headquartered in Johnston, RI, A&H Worldwide has facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. A&H Worldwide re-tooled their factory in March 2020 to produce protective face shields in an effort to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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University Kia of Durham Donates Face Shields to Duke-Health

DURHAM, N.C. -- A donation of Personal Protective Equipment assembled at Kia's U.S. plant is the latest element of Kia Motors' "Accelerate The Good" program. To aid in the fight against COVID-19, University Kia of Durham has donated more than 100 face shields for medical worker use at Duke.

This delivery is the latest element of Kia Motors' Accelerate The Good program, which includes national and local level initiatives implemented in response to the pandemic. Each of Kia's 757 retailers nationwide are making similar donations to the hospital or medical facility of their choosing, totaling more than 75,000 face shields across all 50 states.

"Kia has really stepped up in this time of need and we are honored to do our part and by helping Duke-Health in the fight against COVID-19 by providing badly needed face shields to medical workers here in Durham," said Aric Swanger, General Manager, University Kia of Durham. "We are grateful for the hard work and dedication these frontline medical workers exhibit every day to save lives in our community."

The latest face shield deliveries are the latest in a series of initiatives Kia Motors America implemented in response to COVID-19. The program, called Accelerate The Good, previously saw Kia donating $1 million to multiple non-profit partners that assist homeless youth nationwide, including Covenant House, StandUp for Kids and Family Promise.

The $1 million donation was designed to help homeless youth in all 50 states receive much needed shelter and care needed during this time. In addition, earlier face shield donations - more than 300,000 thus far - were made to hospitals and medical facilities in hard hit metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York City.

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Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda, Together with Collaborative Partners, Distributes Free PPE to Facilities in Alameda County

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. -- Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda today announces the upcoming free drive-through PPE distribution to Alameda County facilities on Friday, June 26, 2020.

"We have a dedicated team supporting long-term care residents in the Alameda community," says Nicole Howell, Executive Director of Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda. "We are so happy to come together with other organizations and community partners to help the hardworking frontline staff care for our seniors."

This will be the third distribution of gloves, sanitizer, and face masks in the East Bay Area for Ombudsman Services, helping to protect a portion of the 29,000 long-term care residents that it serves.

To reserve supplies, employees of Licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs)and Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs) in Alameda County should visit by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Facilities will receive an emailed confirmation alerting them to a pickup time and location for Friday morning.

Because this is a contactless pickup, those attending should write the name of their facility on an 8.5 x 11-inch piece of paper and place it on their dashboard.

Friday's distribution in Alameda County will be held in partnership with Creating New Hope, East Bay Community Energy, EBPPE.Org, as well as with the City of Dublin and the California National Guard.

About Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda:
Ombudsman Services is the only organization mandated by law to make unannounced visits to long-term care facilities to ensure that residents are free from abuse and are receiving quality care. We have been aiding the community for more than 40 years, and all services are free of charge. We serve Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda counties with our team of highly trained Ombudsman staff and volunteers.

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About Creating New Hope:
We specialize in identifying quality assisted living communities. We are specific and comprehensive in our approach. Our senior living advocates prescreen each community, checking licensing and regulatory history directly from the California Department of Social Services database. By providing families with relevant information, they can choose an appropriate assisted living community that will meet their loved one's needs.

We are advocates who share unbiased insights and recommendations. We understand how difficult this process is, and our intention is to be a guiding light during this transition.

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About East Bay Community Energy:
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the local electricity supplier in Alameda County. EBCE provides cleaner, greener energy at competitive rates to our customers. EBCE reinvests earnings back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects.

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About EBPPE.Org:
We are the members of Music4Heart, a volunteer organization that performs music for seniors and children with special needs, and now we have turned our attention to COVID-19. We are planning to have a virtual concert at the end of this month. At the same time, we would like to organize a fundraising campaign to help donate masks and other PPE to hospitals and communities.

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