The strength, size and ingenuity of Magna were showcased during the scramble to produce personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Case in point: face shields.

Grahame Burrow, Magna Exteriors global president, kicked off the initiative. Burrow and his team realized that Magna’s manufacturing capabilities would enable the company to quickly pivot, and help manufacture and supply desperately needed plastic face shields.

Within days, production of the face shields by a volunteer workforce began in March at seven Magna divisions that usually build automotive fascias and modular assemblies.

The initiative resulted in the donation of 175,000 face shields to medical personnel, hospitals and first responders in various locations around the world.

“We thrive because we are decentralized,” said John Pianowski, Magna Exteriors global director of advanced development and innovation. “But this proved how easy it is to operate as one and to overcome so much. As an organization, we all came together. It highlighted the power and the sheer size of Magna.”

These seven Magna divisions produced


face shields during the COVID-19 crisis:

Nascote Industries – Nashville, Illinois

LexaMar Corporation – Boyne City, Michigan

AIM Systems – Warren, Michigan

Engineered Glass – Holland, Michigan

T.E.A.M. Systems – Toledo, Ohio

Sybex – Banbury, England

Magna Craiova – Craiova, Romania