Three Utah Outdoor Companies Partner With Machine Company

Pete CodellaArticles, COVID-19

This article is part of a series featuring Utah-based companies and what they’re doing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Individually they have all made their marks on the business community, but when four highly-respected brands join forces to combat COVID-19, they are unstoppable. 

DPS Skis, Goal Zero, and Petzl combined efforts and resources with cutting machine manufacturer Eastman Machine Company to manufacture face shields for the Utah Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our entire team is proud to be contributing to the nationwide effort of personal protective equipment production and are humbled by the enthusiastic support of key partners that are helping make this possible,” said Alex Adema, DPS president and CEO. “With a 15-year history of rapid prototype-to-production manufacturing, we are in a unique situation to convert a major portion of our operations to produce protective medical face shields. We are inspired by the healthcare workers who dedicate their lives to helping others.”

Production of the face shields has started at DPS Skis’ Salt Lake City factory. The first shipment of shields is expected to be delivered in the coming weeks to Utah’s medical community.

The four brands have come together in a unique way to make this possible. Eastman donates tooling, Goal Zero purchases raw materials, and Petzl contributes retrofitted headlamp headbands.

“Giving back in an impactful way is in Goal Zero’s DNA,” said Goal Zero’s general manager, Bill Harmon. “We’re honored to support the efforts being made by our friends in the outdoor industry who share the same concerns as we do in helping to safeguard frontline medical professionals as they serve the community.”