Legionnaires help with COVID-19 mask nose strip production

Photos, top row, from left, The Mask. Dean VerHoeven unravels the strands of electric cable. Renae Hill is enjoying flattening the strips in a roller. Middle row, from left, Rich Zanoni cutting strips to length with the strip snipper. Annealing (softening). Baked to perfection, ready for shipment. Bottom photo, The complete process requires 4 people. From left to right: Rich Zanoni, Dean VerHoven, Commander,
Post 187, Mark Dwyer and Renae Hill.

FROM WSJSTAFF REPORTS

The COVID-19 mask nose strip production began as a precautions for avoiding the effects of the pandemic. Requirements for everyone to wear a face mask and the impact the virus had on the lives of U.S. citizens made the project important.

Face masks can be fabricated on sewing machines; but to reinforce the masks to the contour of the face requires the addition of a small flexible strip of metal. Dean Verhoeven, a Wake Forest engineer, came up with the COVID Mask Nose Strip Project and designed and manufactured such a strip called “The Joeveo”.

The strips are fabricated by hand from 100% free range electric cable up-cycled from the local electric co-op’s scrap bins donated by Wake Electric Membership Company. 

After securing a working space from the Walter E. Cole American Legion Post 187 Wake Forest, NC as a community human relations endeavor, production began. Legion volunteers from Post 187 pitched in to man the fabrication stations.

The hand- made, up-cycled, organic, annealed aluminum face mask nose strips once completed are given away free of charge for the price of shipping.

The co-op effort, so far, has resulted in the production and shipping of over 150,000 COVID-19 nose strips all over the world.

To order supplies of these additions to homemade Face Masks simply address your request to joeveo.com. When on the site, check the button below the advertisement to place an order.

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