D’Addario, the guitar string manufacturer and parent company of Evans Drumheads has announced that it will begin production of protective face masks, using G2 two-ply drumheads.
The announcement was made today via the company’s Instagram profile, featuring a picture of the mask and a statement outlining D’Addario’s plan to begin production, with an aim to produce 100,000 masks per-week.
The Instagram post - which includes the heading "From drumhead to face shield" - reads, “D’Addario’s engineering team has found a way to transform Evans G2 drumheads into protective face shields for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to be in production by April 27th and to quickly ramp up to a capacity of 100,000 face shields per week.
We plan to manufacture these shields as long as they’re needed in NY or anywhere around the globe. We’ve watched the incredible efforts of our healthcare and essential services workers all across the world with great admiration. While we cannot match the immeasurable efforts of these selfless heroes, we feel an immense responsibility to do our part in overcoming this crisis.
We called this Project Excelsior after the New York State Motto, which means “Ever Upward” because it captured the extraordinary determination and can-do spirit of our small team of engineers and product designers. It also typifies our music company’s current credo during the crisis: #WeWillPlayOn. Stay tuned to our stories for a look at how we built the shields.”
To keep up-to-date on how the masks are produced, follow D’Addario on Instagram.