Tige Boats Inc. announced that they will begin producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. Out of its boat manufacturing facility in Abilene, Texas, Tige Boats will begin producing and donating 500 face shields per day, along with other high-demand PPE equipment such as face masks.
“Our team has been working tirelessly and moving quickly to support the first responders during such a tough and unprecedented time,” stated Charlie Pigeon, founder, owner and CEO of Tige Boats Inc. “Our goal is to use embrace the talents of our workforce to combat COVID-19 and return to normal life as quick as possible.”
The Tige Team is composed of more than 200 skilled and passionate employees who will be running in alternative shifts and transitioning their efforts from building inboard surf/wake boats to PPE necessities beginning Friday April 3, 2020. Tige intends to increase production of PPE supplies as materials are available and will continue to produce as long as they remain in high demand.
Tige Boats Inc. has also donated over 2,000 protective suits to local hospitals in the area of their headquarters in Texas.
Tige Boats has created a training video and templates to several other boats manufacturers so that they may begin mass-producing shields. If you feel your business is capable of producing PPE and are in need of design specifications and instructions, please contact Jean Wagner (email@example.com).
Crest Pontoon boats has also joined the fight! Their sewing department has switched to making masks!! Its so cool to hear about all the companies coming up with ways they can help the country! #americastrong.
Awesome work guys! This story makes me proud to be a member of the water sports industry.
Love it that a most wonderful industry (Boat Manufacturing) is pivoting and meeting needs outside of normal scopes in a time of change!