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Local manufacturer churns out shields to reduce germ spread

Schafer Systems steps up to help schools, businesses in time of need

Adair-Casey Elementary School students work at desks equipped with protective shields made by Shafer Systems in Adair. Shafer Systems is a plastic manufacturer, mainly to the lottery industry.
Adair-Casey Elementary School students work at desks equipped with protective shields made by Shafer Systems in Adair. Shafer Systems is a plastic manufacturer, mainly to the lottery industry.

ADAIR — As businesses and schools seek to find safe ways to reopen with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they’re seeking supplies and different apparatus that will allow them to do so.

Schafer Systems of Adair recently rolled out a new product line of plastic protective shields to help with the reopening effort. They’ve produced an estimated 250 shields so far. The shields are said to help limit contact between two people to stop the spread of germs.

Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center Community Schools recently had a few prototypes of the shields made for their classrooms, primarily for teachers’ desks at their four learning centers located in Guthrie Center and rural Adair.

“The protective shield line is a new line of items we have added to our list of available products,” said Teresa Immel, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Schafer Systems. “As we watched the U.S. unfold with the pandemic and all the social distancing requirements put in place, it was evident that the look and interaction of our everyday normal lives would change.”

The protective shields are made of clear durable plastic. They’ve been installed in schools, insurance offices, flower shops, pharmacies, grocery stores in some Adair County communities, lottery headquarters, airports and the hospitals.

Schafer Systems continues to manufacture all of their core products in addition to the customized protective shields.

Schafer’s is a plastic manufacturer, primarily for the lottery industry, located on Flag Rd. near Interstate 80 in Adair.

“Our company has the ability to customize products out of various types of plastics and therefore we do reach outside of the lottery industry to manufacture specialized products,” Immel said.

The company was founded in 1986 by Chris and Betty Schafer. Since then, it has moved from a garage to a downtown storefront, and now to the larger facility it is currently housed in. Schafer Systems became employee owned (ESOP) in 1999 and in 2010 they became completely owned by employees.

In 2018, Schafer Systems was purchased by the Canadian ticket printing company Pollard Banknote, a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide.

“Schafer joins the Pollard Banknote group of companies, leveraging our strength of offerings to the lottery market,” Immel explained.

Immel said that clients recognize their protective shield products as a means of helping social distancing to happen.

“Schafer Systems has always been a strong contributor to our community. With the health concerns associated with COVID-19, we felt it was important to design barrier protection for both customers and the clerks in retail, and those lives of public workers,” Immel said.

Schafer Systems welcomes conversations with any business or organization in need of protective shields.

“We would be glad to discuss their needs and find a solution for them,” Immel said.

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