A. Rifkin Co. quickly put plan into place to shift production
Posted April 23, 2020
By Devin Steele (DSteele@eTextileCommunications.com)
A. Rifkin Co., a fifth-generation, family-run manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania since 1892, received a waiver to reopen after its state called for non-life-sustaining businesses to shut down because it makes products that support those industries considered essential.
The company specializes in reusable fabric security bags and serves a broad range of markets, including banks, elections, federal government, medical, schools, libraries and other commercial entities. Some of those items it already was producing included mattress covers for hospitals and prisons, as well as locking document bags that were being requested from medical facilities so they could make home visits while still maintaining proper HIPAA protocol when carrying documents out.
A. Rifkin Co. also started producing face masks, covers for N95 masks, gowns and head caps – all of which were brand new items in the company’s product repertoire.
“After we received our waiver, we took a day to brainstorm, research and put a plan in place,” said company President Darcy Buck. “Then, within a day of our people returning, we were already creating samples to send to some of the Pennsylvania medical facilities we had spoken with to make sure we could provide them with what they needed.
“We had a contract sewing division where our sewing operators were already very accustomed to having to learn new items, so it wasn’t a huge shift for our people,” she continued. “Because of all of these new items as well as a few existing, we were able to remain fully staffed.
The company is currently prioritizing needs for medical facilities first, as it has limited capacity, Buck added.
“We are happy that we can do something to help those on the frontlines,” she said. [Read more about A. Rifkin Co.’s PPE efforts here.]