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Companies Shift Production to Produce Reusable Copper Medical Masks in Conover, North Carolina

Nufabrx, a proprietary biomaterial company that seamlessly embeds active ingredients into fabrics, and Manufacturing Solutions Center, both Conover, North Carolina-based companies, are working in partnership with Asheboro-based Bossong Medical, shifting production for a new line of reusable copper medical masks called TheraMasks, powered by CuTEC copper, a material that is known to be naturally antibacterial.

According to a spokesperson, Nufabrx founder and CEO Jordan Schindler decided to quickly retool a textile product to create a reusable face mask.

“Tired of feeling helpless on the sidelines, we wanted to do something that would make a difference. With our Nufabrx technology, Bossong Medical and Manufacturing Solutions Center, everyone has linked arms and committed to help in this crisis,” he said.

“TheraMasks is the first-of-its-kind, reusable, CuTEC copper powered mask that lasts up to 30 washes. Already overwhelmed by inquiries, we will be prioritizing distribution to healthcare workers and first responders,” Schindler explained.

The products are not only beneficial to medical facilities but also to nursing homes, home care attendants, senior communities and more. They are currently being used by hospitals, NY police and fire departments, Catawba County EMS, police, fire and county officials. We are sending them out overnight delivery as quickly as we can make them, company officials said.

“Copper has been shown to be a natural deterrent on bacterial growth. These medical masks are designed to help reduce the spread of germs through the natural benefits of copper; the fabric also creates a healthier environment for the wearer by reducing facial contamination. The products are durable enough to be machine washed and dried, or by hand with hot water,“ officials added.

“TheraMasks are environmentally friendly, and are not intended to be thrown away daily like disposable masks. Products have been tested for antibacterial (AATCC 100) and air permeability, and all data is available online. Additional testing is underway and all data will be shared with the public as soon as it is available.”

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