GASTONIA, N.C. – A group of U.S. textile and garment manufacturers organized by Beverly Knits is ramping up its production of face masks for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Ron Sytz, CEO of Beverly Knits, said he agreed to lead that effort in a conference call with White House advisor Peter Navarro.
“I committed Beverly Knits to lead as many U.S. companies as possible to join the effort to make face masks in the United States for HHS,” Sytz said. “Dr. Navarro requested us to get started as soon as possible.”
There are currently 31 companies working on the face mask project, he added.
Fabric is now in production in factories in North and South Carolina. Cutting and sewing of the masks has begun across the U.S. with partners in many states. Production started the week of April 3 after all facilities were qualified. The production goal is 200,000 masks during the first week and ramping up to 2 million masks produced per week shortly thereafter.
“We have tremendous U.S. textile companies that are retooling quickly to make these masks,” said Sytz. “The cooperation of the group is amazing in sharing information and parts as well as working together. Our goal is to make it happen as fast as possible to flatten the curve on COVID-19.”
Companies on the Beverly Knits team include: Clover Knits, Contempora Fabrics, Carolina Cotton Works, South Fork Inds., Altus Finishing, National Safety Apparel, A. Lava & Son, Wells Hosiery, Jomel Inds., LA Corp., Hemingway Apparel, BeoCare, Culp, The Filter Shop, Keep it Here Inc.,Two-One-Two New York, ICS North America, UCS Inc., Colonial LLC, Riegel Linen, Pacific Athletic Wear, Louis Vuitton, SND Mfg., Ethan Allan, Inside Out, Royal Apparel, La La Land Creative, Elizabeth M. Designs, A Plus Apparel and American Leather/Lee Inds.
As part of Beverly Knits’ ongoing commitment to flattening the COVID-19 curve, the company recently donated face masks to Gaston EMS and the Gastonia Police Department in Gastonia.
Companies who want to join the face mask project should email [email protected]