Manufacturers across North America are ramping up to provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s) for our front-line first responders.
I am especially proud of our OUTDOOR INDUSTRY TRIBE, who are converting manufacturing lines to produce masks, shields, and garments.
Responding to a shortage of medical gowns in their community. Arc’teryx is collaborating with local health authorities, area manufacturing, and design partners to develop Level 3 certified gowns. Team of designers, sewers, engineers are working to address the current shortage as a result of COVID-19.
Shifting US production, Carhartt will start gown production and mask production this month. Supporting with “critical items that are in short supply, their manufacturing facilities has proudly volunteered to produce these items.”
Our friends at cascade Designs have transitioned their Seattle manufacturing facilities to produce ASTM Level 1 masks for 51 hospitals in the Providence network. Their production will be allocated to address the shortage of PPE’s.
The Chaco Team is committed to producing to aid in the response. They have converted their ReChaco factory “to focus on producing masks and other protective equipment for health care providers, essential workforce, and front-line responders.”
I response to COVID-19, the Gore Associates Team is— “Drawing upon capabilities across our divisions, some of the solutions we are exploring include garments for front-line health care workers, filtration components for face masks and respirators, and other tools to address specific problems facing hospitals and those caring for critically ill patients. We are committed to doing our part, working with partners across a spectrum of specialties, to provide meaningful solutions.”
Pivoting their production to make face shields and focus resources and expertise towards the COVID-19 battle. Protective face shields for hospital workers are the first priority.
Teaming up with local manufactures, Mystery Ranch is providing support producing “quality protection for our friends and neighbors on the front line of this pandemic.”For home sewers, their pattern is available online
In support of Frontline Healthcare Workers, Nike is providing “full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect against the coronavirus (COVID-19).”
With a goal of sewing 100 fabric masks per day, the Osprey repair team is focused on protection masks for their local community. They “plan to continue making masks for as long as they can be of assistance in helping to protect our community.
OR is converting its Seattle production facility to achieve FDA Class II guidelines for manufacturing both surgical and N95 masks. Pledging 200,000 units a day by June, CEO Dan Nordstrom said: “We are working with state and local officials to better protect our employees in this environment as we ramp up production in the following days and weeks.”
Joining the fight with Bozeman-made medical gowns. The Simms Team has re-set priorities from making waders to support the local community and its front line healthcare workers.
Continuing to operate their factory with a skeleton crew making face masks and other PPEs for local medical professionals that need support.
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