Universal Plastics has been lauded in a Boston Globe article on June 9  titled “Manufacturers provide lifelines during the pandemic, for their employees as well as front-line workers”.  Universal has been one of several Massachusetts manufacturers who have shifted manufacturing production to manufacture Personal Protective  Equipment to aid front line workers.

The article notes that “For too long, the manufacturing sector has shed jobs to lower-cost locations overseas. The pandemic, however, is underscoring the importance and the economic potential of making products here instead.”


Universal produces over 1,000 shields per day at its plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts Production started in mid-March, when the pandemic ramped up.

Universal has been selling the shields at cost – “We don’t want to make a profit,” said Pia Kumar, who with her husband Jay owns the company—to hospitals, nursing homes, elder care facilities and has also been donating shields to first responders.

To read the  article in the Boston Globe, click here

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