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Fenton small business turns car enhancements into face shield production

Workers at JML Audio in Fenton are using their skill and craftsmanship to help first responders

FENTON, Mo. — For a company like JML Audio of St. Louis, the pandemic has been more than just a bump in the road.

"We do a number of vehicle enhancements. Everything from high performance audio to adding back-up cameras, navigation systems," explained Josh Landau.

Not exactly a top priority at the moment, despite the fact that they've been in business for 23 years using high-tech tools, machinery and craftsmanship.

But now Landau and his team are using their skills for something else: to protect our health care workers on the front lines.

Instead of high performance audio, JML Audio is now producing high performance face shields.

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Using materials they already had, the shields are made with automotive-grade plastic and plexiglass which means, when cleaned, it can last 20-times longer than disposable shields.

"An actual shield of protection above and beyond the mask," explained Landau. "It actually helps protect the mask and filter mechanism but also protects the eyes."

They're also making thousands of ear guards, so you can put a mask strap behind your head rather than on the ears. And it's all being sent to local hospitals and first responders.

A small business making a big difference. Josh Landau said he's just following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were also small business owners.

"With them, it was always word of mouth," said Landau. "It was always taking care of their clients with the idea that if you take care of people, they're going to take care of you as well."

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