United Sewing Automation announces campaign to donate USA-made masks
Posted February 11, 2021
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – United Sewing Automation, Inc. (USA), a U.S. manufacturer of American-made and sourced, surgical grade disposable PPE face masks, announced the launch of the “One-for-One” donation campaign, which will provide up to 10 million free masks to adults and children in high exposure living and work settings across the country.
As the pandemic persists, spikes in homelessness, in combination with uncertain COVID-19 vaccine availabilities for those living in community housing and working “essential” duties, formed an impetus for the campaign, which is supported by USA’s founding partners, Ben Webb, Brad Ballentine and Rob Roach. The Mt. Airy-based manufacturers, which produce FDA-registered adult and children’s three-ply, disposable face masks made from U.S.-sourced materials, have launched a donation portal for the campaign on their website, https://www.unitedsewinginc.com/pages/donations.
“Our company’s mission is about bridging the demand gap for American-made PPE that offers the highest levels of protection – whether we are in a pandemic or not,” Roach said. “Ultimately, we want our products to symbolize accessibility for everyone in the country who needs a face mask, no matter their living situation or work environment. From healthcare workers, to teachers, to custodians, or those living in shared or temporary housing, we want every American to have the same standard of protection USA’s masks uniquely offer.”
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s reliance on imported PPE has caused supply chain issues. In addition, the United States has been flooded with cheap, inferior-quality face masks imported from China that do not provide the protection needed to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In response, USA’s ownership team invested in automated equipment to manufacture American-made, medical grade masks that provide proper protection for Americans. The company opened its fully automated manufacturing facility in Mt. Airy in August, with capacity to produce 1 million face masks per week.
Following USA’s factory opening, the company announced superior safety testing results for their FDA-registered, ASTM Level 3 disposable masks in the areas of bacterial filtration, particulate filtration, liquid barrier protection, breathability and flammability, rendering USA in compliance with the Berry Amendment and qualifying them for Department of Defense contracts. And this past month, USA launched a wholesale website to streamline bulk ordering for their growing number of business customers across the country.
“Since day one, we have said our goal is to provide a mask for every face in America every time one is needed,” Webb said. “Nearly a year into this pandemic, the demand gap continues to adversely impact those in the most high-exposure living and work environments. We feel a responsibility to get as many masks as we can to those in the greatest need – and we’re looking forward to making an impact through the One-for-One campaign.”
Source: United Sewing Automation