D’Addario donated 40,000 Dynatomy Face Shields to help safeguard organizations across Long Island. The move is part of the company’s mission to give back to the community and provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to everyone, especially those who need specific accommodations.

On February 26, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Presiding Officer Robert Calarco met with D’Addario CEO John D’Addario III to accept a portion of the donated face shields on behalf of Suffolk County’s 18 legislative districts.

“The Suffolk County Legislature has been heavily involved with securing and distributing PPE to constituents in need,” Calarco said. “We are grateful to D’Addario for this generous donation and to Legislator Tom Cilmi for helping to arrange it. It has been truly incredible to see how companies like D’Addario have used their resources to help with the tremendous lift that is fighting this pandemic. D’Addario’s pivot from producing drumheads to engineering face shields is an extraordinary example of ingenuity and goodwill in the face of dire challenges. This collaborative spirit is a hallmark of Long Island’s exceptional business community.”

A year ago, D’Addario was directed to close its Farmingdale factories by the State of New York. A small group of D’Addario product development and manufacturing engineers, led by chief innovation officer, Jim D’Addario, met to find a way to make medical face shields from materials normally used to make Evans Drumheads.

By working with Mylar film, D’Addario’s own drumhead manufacturing equipment and the coordination with nearby suppliers for a few essential materials, the D’Addario team had working prototypes within several days, gaining permission from the state of New York to reopen the Evans Drumhead factory. Production began within weeks, and today, two million face shields have been shipped to medical professionals, small business owners and consumers across North America.

D’Addario has also focused donation efforts on organizations servicing the autistic, deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities that cannot wear masks. Those organizations include:

  • Mill Neck Family of Organizations 
    • Made up of a group of nonprofits dedicated to helping create a world in which Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals are included, empowered, celebrated, and embraced as equals.
  • Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism 
    • Dedicated to the education and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cleary School for the Deaf  
    • A private, state-supported program that has served the Deaf community of Long Island since 1925
  • EJ Autism Foundation 
    • Creating awareness around Autism and supporting programs and schools on Long Island that currently work with children on the spectrum.
  • AHRC Suffolk  
    • Provides support and advocates with individuals of all ages with unique abilities and challenges, providing individualized, high-quality services utilizing person-centered approaches assisting them to discover and define their own quality of life.

Other organizations that received donations include:

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