Standard Textile Co., Inc., a Cincinnati, Ohio based global manufacturer of healthcare and hospitality products, restructured its supply chain to provide support for America’s frontline medical workers during the current pandemic at its produce centers in Brownsville, Texas, Thomaston, Georgia and Union, South Carolina.
According to company officials “for weeks, the company has been leading an urgent charge to increase production of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as protective gowns, face masks and face shields, in order to provide hospitals and healthcare workers in the United States with additional protection against COVID-19.”
The company has pivoted and revamped its Brownsville, Texas facility to make face masks, officials explained. In another facility, employees were reassigned to make face shields. And 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,” said Gary Heiman, President and CEO of Standard Textile.
Following a nearly 80-year history of innovation and service, the family-owned company said it is converting its manufacturing operations and prioritizing the distribution of medical garments at its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States.
“With American based manufacturing operations and a local rapid prototyping and innovation center, we are uniquely positioned to leverage our extensive technical expertise and facilities to urgently provide needed personal protective equipment,” said Dr. Richard Hobert, Director of Development for Standard Textile. “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,” says Dr. Holbert.
Gary Heiman is fiercely committed to manufacturing as much reusable PPE and other healthcare products as possible, as quickly as possible, to alleviate the stress placed upon the healthcare industry and support the fight against COVID-19.
“My concern is we are missing urgent collaboration opportunities with federal or state governments to allow us to serve healthcare workers who are at the frontline of this crisis,” says Heiman.