Ventra Salem Donates Face Shields to KSU Columbiana County

SALEM, Ohio — With fall semester just around the corner, a donation to Kent State University Columbiana County from Ventra Salem adds another layer of protection for students and faculty.

Ventra, a division of Flex-N-Gate, donated 1,000 plastic face shields to KSU Columbiana County, which will be distributed to students and faculty on KSU campuses. The company donated 90 face shields previously to the Salem campus, bringing its total contribution to nearly 1,100 face shields.

“It’s wonderful that a local company is willing to do something so meaningful for our students and I am proud of the Kent State connection with Ventra,” said David Dees, dean and CAO of the Columbiana County campuses.

The face shields will be particularly useful for allied health programs, in which students and faculty must navigate situations that include hands-on instruction and movement in a clinical-like setting, according to a release.

Matt Zines, a program engineer at Ventra and a KSU graduate, helped with the project. He delivered the masks with Anthony Cugini, Ventra safety coordinator.

Ventra manufactures engineered mechanical assemblies, precision molded, painted and plated plastic components and lamp systems.

Pictured: On hand for the delivery of 1,000 plastic face shields from Ventra Salem were (from left) dean and CAO David Dees; Ventra’s Anthony Cugini and Matt Zines, and John Stainer of the Kent State Salem maintenance staff, wearing one of the shields – all following social distancing rules.

Source: Kent State University

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.