Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, industries and organizations have stepped up to help communities in big ways – the interiors industry is certainly no exception. Organizations across the country have repurposed manufacturing facilities and materials, as well as donated their time, to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for the people on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus.
Demonstrating a nimble ability to adapt and give back to the first responders who are making a difference, furniture purveyor Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams employed their upholstery team to make non-surgical masks and gowns for medical personnel to wear in hospitals.
“Now more than ever, it’s our responsibility to rise up and help those around us. I am inspired by the courage, strength and commitment we see from so many in our communities, and grateful to be able to pivot our manufacturing and resources to help protect those on the front lines.” said Allison O’Connor, CEO of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
In an effort to outfit medical professionals, first responders, and patients with the facial PPE they need to stay safe, Woodard converted a portion of its Owosso-based outdoor furniture factory to manufacture non-N95 face masks. The company’s target is 1,000 masks per day.
Fabric and wallpaper retailer, Schumacher, has made and donated more than 25,000 fabric masks to medical professionals and at-risk populations. The company is also distributing free masks to the general public via their website.