Kia Motors Producing Protective Face Shields for Use by Healthcare Workers Across the Country
Kia Motors has begun producing face shields at their manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia to donate to healthcare workers in Georgia, Alabama, New York and California. Kia Motors has delivered an initial supply of 15,000 face shields produced at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
The masks are being made by paid volunteers who are following KMMG safety measures including:
- Temperature scans
- Wearing face masks and gloves
- Staggering work stations
Materials for the face shields are being sourced from vendors such as 3-Dimensional Services Group, a Michigan-based rapid response manufacturer, supporting low volume production applications.
“Giving back in meaningful ways is a key component of Kia Motors’ ‘Give It Everything’ strategy in the U.S. Our Accelerate the Good program identifies areas where Kia can make the biggest impact and we are proud to lend our manufacturing capabilities and talents to produce face shields that will protect America’s courageous healthcare workers,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors North America.
Kia will be gradually increasing face shield production, ultimately reaching a capacity of 200,000 units per month, in support of donations the company has scheduled over the next several weeks to medical facilities in Southern California and New York. Face shield production is the latest extension of Kia’s Accelerate the Good program following the company’s pledge to donate a total of $1 million to non-profit partners that assist homeless youth nationwide, including Covenant House, StandUp for Kids and Family Promise. Kia’s donation will help provide much needed shelter and care to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Earlier, Kia donated N95 masks and gloves to medical facilities throughout Orange County, California, where the brand’s U.S. headquarters is located.
The comprehensive Accelerate the Good program also includes various programs for new and existing customers facing uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:
- New customers – a range of programs to help ease the financial burden, including up to 120-day payment deferrals and 0%, 75-month financing on many of Kia’s most popular models.
- Existing customers – a range of service care initiatives, including concierge vehicle collection and delivery services, and 0% APR financing available for 90 days on service and maintenance at many dealers. Additionally, the Kia Promise warranty coverage extension program eases concerns experienced by some owners who may not be able to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealership for repairs due to COVID-19 but have warranties that are expiring.
- Existing customers with Kia Motors Finance – for those experiencing payment difficulties due to COVID-19, options are available to defer payments or temporarily extend leases.
Kia will continue to look for ways to best utilize its resources and support its valued customers and communities during this time.
About 3-Dimensional Services Group
The 3-Dimensional Services Group, consisting of 3-Dimensional Services, Urgent Plastic Services, Urgent Design & Manufacturing, 3-Dimensional Services-Europe and Michigan Integrated Technologies, has earned a reputation for building functional prototype parts and producing low-volume production parts 50 to 70% faster than conventional shops.
This product’s use has been limitedly approved by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization for use by healthcare providers as personal protective equipment. Use of this product is only authorized during the COVID-19 state of emergency or until FDA otherwise revokes this authorization.