The workforce at Citadel Completions in Lake Charles, who are usually hard at work creating interiors for ultra-VIP aircraft owners, have retooled in short order to shift production to making necessary basics for local heroes in one of the most hard-hit areas in the country by the Coronavirus. Citadel volunteered material and resources to manufacture much-needed face masks, made of microscopic polyester fiber, using the same machines that produce the most luxurious fabric in the aviation industry. When employees heard about the soreness that elastic straps cause on ears after being worn for extended hours, they also designed and produced support straps using the 3D printers usually being utilized to make parts for aircraft interiors. It has been some of the most rewarding work for employees as the demand for aviation related work has all but ceased.
“I know that this is just a small drop in the bucket, but using our manufacturing capability to support our local hospitals and first responders was very important to every one of us. They always take care of us – so this time we get to take care of them, ” said Joe Bonita, Citadel’s Managing Director.
Citadel is looking forward to getting back to the work they are passionate over. But for now, focus will be on taking care of each other in their community.