NJ print house producing hundreds of hospital beds, thousands of masks

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 18:46:18-04

TINTON FALLS, N.J. — Hatteras Press of Tinton Falls says it has switched gears from producing mailers and marketing materials to 3-D hospital beds and protective face masks for medical workers.

"Last week alone we put about 7,000 protective face shields directly in the hands of doctors and nurses in New York and New Jersey," said Bill Duerr of Hatteras Press.

So far, the 700 hospital beds Duerr's company has printed have all gone to Connecticut. He says trying to get his printed supplies directly into local hospitals has been a challenge.

"I don't want to say there wasn't a sense of urgency, but a bit of red tape to get a decision made to make a purchase," said Duerr. "We can't wait for the red tape to get removed. We know we can help.

"So we sprung into action and we started making these face shields, getting addresses directly from the nurses and the doctors and literally putting boxes of these face shields on their doorsteps and in their hands directly."

Duerr has donated thousands of face masks so far and they are now ramping up to be able to produce 10,000 masks per day and approximately 400 hospital beds per week.

"We're just getting the material, we're cutting it to several different shapes and those shapes kind of interlock with each other to create a base for a bed that can hold about 415-pounds," he said.