ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS: Boston Shield Technologies Opens In Wilmington

Below is a press release from Cummings Properties and Boston Shield Technologies: 

WILMINGTON, MA — Boston Shield Technologies has found its first home at 260 Fordham Road, a Cummings Properties building in Wilmington. The newly incorporated startup will utilize the 2,900-square-foot space to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE).

Boston Shield Tech was established in August by six long-time friends who each have full-time jobs in addition to this latest venture. Helping to fill the gap in the PPE supply chain is their way of responding to the pandemic.

“We saw that most masks were being manufactured overseas and were becoming scarce in the U.S.,” said Greg Boumil, CEO at Boston Shield Technologies. “We want to ensure that those who need this vital equipment the most have access to a high quality American-made product.”

The firm will manufacture only N-95 respirators at first, but is open to expanding the product line over time depending on demand for related PPE, according to Boumil. He anticipates adding 15 employees to assist with machinery operation, quality control, and general office support.

“We looked at a couple dozen locations all around the state, and 260 Fordham was by far the nicest facility we saw,” said Boumil. “And Cummings has been a great partner, identifying this ideal location and walking us through the whole leasing process.”

An added benefit of 260 Fordham, Boumil noted, is the high potential for future expansion with Cummings as Boston Shield Tech scales up production.

Cummings Properties account manager John Halsey worked with Boston Shield Tech on the lease.

“High ceilings, flexible floor plans with generous natural lighting, individual HVAC and private loading make 260 Fordham an ideal location for Boston Shield Technologies’ manufacturing goals,” said Halsey. “In addition, the location’s close proximity to I-93 will prove incredibly beneficial when delivering critically important PPE to those who need it.”

Cummings Properties manages a portfolio of 10 million square feet of commercial space in 11 suburban communities north and west of Boston. Most of these properties, including 260 Fordham Road, are owned by Cummings Foundation, with 100 percent of all rental profits supporting hundreds of local charities. The Cummings organization has awarded more than $280 million to date and is currently considering proposals for $25 million in funding, to be awarded next June. More information is available at www.cummings.com.        

Boston Shield Technologies is a startup firm dedicated to manufacturing personal protective equipment, primarily N-95 respirator masks. The company hopes to distribute the respirators at scale to corporate and medical clients. More information is available at bostonshieldtechnologies.com.

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