ELKHART — John Petrofsky and his team at Worldcell Extrusions were challenged recently to retool their small manufacturing plant on the city’s east side when they shifted from production of returnable foam packaging, mostly for the automotive industry, to face shields, used around the globe as protection against the coronavirus.

One of the biggest challenges, he said, was making a clear plastic; his team had only previously manufactured opaque foams and plastics.

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