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Standard Textile increases production of PPE for COVID-19

01 Apr '20
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Pic: Standard Textile
Pic: Standard Textile

Standard Textile, a leading global manufacturer of healthcare and hospitality products, has restructured its supply chain to provide support for America’s frontline medical workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The company has increased the production of Personal Productive Equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers in the US.

For weeks, the company has been leading an urgent charge to increase production of PPE such as protective gowns, face masks, and face shields. Following a nearly 80-year history of innovation and service, the family-owned company is converting its manufacturing operations and prioritising the distribution of medical garments at its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the US, according to a press release by Standard Textile.

The company has pivoted and revamped its Brownsville, Texas facility to make face masks. In another facility, employees were reassigned to make face shields. A collaboration between the company’s research and development laboratory, and its operations in Thomaston, Georgia and Union, South Carolina, resulted in rapidly developing a unique American version of a liquid resistant, breathable and reusable cover gown for healthcare workers.

“Our healthcare customers are on the frontline of treating patients and saving lives, and we’re relentlessly working to ensure our customers and our communities have continuous access to essential supplies needed to safeguard the health of clinicians, patients, and their families,” Gary Heiman, president and chief executive officer of Standard Textile said.

“With American-based manufacturing operations and a local rapid prototyping and innovation centre, we are uniquely positioned to leverage our extensive technical expertise and facilities to urgently provide needed personal protective equipment. In three short weeks, we orchestrated fabric development, material sourcing, garment fabrication, wash durability testing, and other product testing to deliver an essential reusable gown for our medical communities,” Richard Hobert, director of development for Standard Textile said.

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