Mike Gilvar: Thanks everybody for joining this session of The Bottom Line with TTG, I’m here with Mal Gilvar, and we’re gonna talk today about school desk guards, so now can you explain to everybody how The Trade Group ended up designing and producing desk guards?
Mal Gilvar: Well, it’s funny, we pivoted a while back, probably about four months ago, in doing desk guards for offices, and we kept thinking about schools, and as we would reach out to schools, we just were having very little response, we then figured out a way to make a desk guard much more inexpensively. And at that point, the interest really started to explode, so we now make the desk guards from a piece of corrugated plastic that allows us to have three sides with clear windows, so the students can see the teacher and see their fellow students, but yet maintain that safety from particles that would fly through the air normally, you can wipe them down, you can spray them, you can do anything you want.
Mike Gilvar: Who’s the target for these things, is it specifically public schools, private schools, or what…
Mal Gilvar: It’s really any school at all, it works perfectly for. The majority of the interest so far has been for elementary grade children for the most part, because they sit in one place for the whole day, we do also make some of these guards where you can have a handle, so if a school wanted to have these for their older kids, they could literally carry these with them between classes if they chose to do that, and they’re fully brand-able, we can print on them. A lot of the school, especially the younger kids have… They wanted to make it utilizing dry erase markers, you can actually write on them and then you can clean them off as well, which is really neat.
Mike Gilvar: That’s great. And so what’s the cost? What are these things cost?
Mal Gilvar: They start as low as $28 for a single shield, if you buy in small quantities, and we’ve seen entire districts purchase these and the cost can get down very, very low, well, under $20.
Mike Gilvar: Great, great, so what’s the bottom line for schools looking to protect your students?
Mal Gilvar: Bottomline is the kids are gonna prefer this to having to while they’re at their desk wearing a mask all day, because it offers some of that same protection, if a child were to sneeze a sneeze travels at 200 miles an hour, well that sneeze is just gonna be contained within that little area because they’re gonna sneeze against the guard, so these do offer some level of protection, it’s not complete, but it does provide a level of protection, and it certainly provides protection for the teacher who is teaching that class.
Mike Gilvar: Thanks, Mal, thanks everybody for joining us on this session of The Bottom Line with TTG, and we’ll see you again soon.
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