Brother International joins fight with sewing machine donations
Posted May 7, 2020
By Devin Steele (DSteele@eTextileCommunications.com)
As several apparel companies are now heeding the call to manufacture face masks and other protective clothing to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Brother International Corporation is joining in this fight by donating state-of-the-art industrial sewing machines to accelerate the production of masks and address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Brother’s “Powering the Mask Making” Initiative began when the company saw a post on LinkedIn from Brooks Brothers regarding factories reopening and the need to ramp up operations in order to produce PPE. Knowing that Brother’s industrial sewing machines would help increase the capacity to meet the growing demand, the Industrial Products Division at Brother put their heads together and developed a program in order to put their machines to work, where they were most needed.
Brother reached an agreement with Brooks Brothers to supply Brother S7250A-403 single-needle lockstitch industrial sewing machines free of charge in order to support their efforts.
Through additional research, Brother learned of a coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies responding to the urgent call from the White House to fast track the manufacturing of face masks. Los Angeles Apparel, Beverly Knits, Inc. and SanMar are part of that coalition and have now also received Brother industrial sewing machines free of charge as a donation in support of their efforts to manufacture much-needed personal protective equipment.
“Brother remains committed to aiding our communities during these challenging times,” said Don Cummins, president, Brother International Corporation USA, Bridgewater, N.J. “Given the severe and growing shortage of Personal Protective Equipment, Brother is proud to donate our products to support these stalwart manufacturers with their efforts in making masks for our frontline workers.”
Brother said it continues to have conversations with other companies that are part of the coalition, as well as others that are aiding in the production of PPE approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.