Airtex Group / Acme Made shifts manufacturing to produce PPE
Posted April 23, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS – Responding with urgency to the national Covid-19 pandemic, textile manufacturer Airtex Group | Acme Made, have pivoted their manufacturing operation at their Minnesota facility to provide critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies for front line doctors, nurses and medical professionals.
Airtex Group | Acme Made, normally a leading textile manufacturer designing and producing products such as high-end linen window coverings, pillows, throws and bags, was well positioned to redeploy their workforce to sew gowns, non-surgical face masks and assemble face shields.
"Our talented team of designers and operations staff knew exactly what to do when presented with the need for PPE gear," said CEO Mike Miller. "In addition to our consumer home textile business, we have many business-to-business customers in the medical industry, so we used strong connections and supply chain expertise to get raw materials into the factory quickly.”
The gowns are classified as Level 2 Isolation wear made from an innovative recycled material that allows moisture to pass from the inside while shielding fluids from the outside. With a softer and thinner material, this gown is lighter than most Isolation Level 2 gowns, an important attribute when worn for long periods of time. The gown meets various medical industry standards for resistance of materials used in protective clothing.
"Our No. 1 priority is keeping our team healthy, so we've stepped up normally stringent standards for cleaning and monitoring everyone's health under CDC guidelines," Miller said. "We feel very fortunate that our team has had no issues and that we've been able to keep everyone employed."
The Acme Made branded Miller Face Mask is pleated, with an adjustable nose bridge and includes an interior pocket where a replaceable filter can be used for multiple use applications. The Acme Made branded Walker Face Mask is a center stitched mask with an adjustable nose bridge. Both products are made from unused upcycled scrap fabrics and available online at AcmeMade.com for consumers and businesses.
Established as an agricultural textile manufacturer in 1918, Airtex Group | Acme Made has grown into a leading cut-and-sew manufacturer in the U.S. textile industry.
Source: Airtex Group | Acme Made