InCord puts sewing machines to good use to produce gowns
Posted May 14, 2020
COLCHESTER, Conn. – InCord has the sewing machines and the craftsmanship, so it made sense to take a proactive approach in response to the COVID-19 crisis and PPE shortage.
While they are still manufacturing custom safety netting solutions and shipping orders daily that support essential infrastructure all over the U.S., CEO and owner Meredith Shay knew there was more they could be doing.
When the opportunity presented itself to sew hospital gowns, Shay and InCord’s employees didn’t blink. InCord quickly created zones on their production floor to assemble more than 1,200 gowns for hospitals in need. This is their first request but will continue as needed.
InCord purchased additional sewing machines from a local vendor for the type of lightweight material requested by hospitals that have a certain stitch that allows for laundering. With their current setup, InCord has the capability to sew about 600 gowns a day. They are also sewing cloth face masks for internal use, employees and families working remotely and workers who need to enter their facility.
By nature, InCord is a community workforce that continually gives back. With a group of volunteers, they formed a committee called InCord Cares. During this pandemic, both Shay and Robin Ritz, creative visionary and owner, communicate daily with the entire company either by email, phone, video meeting or directly on the production floor with those still at the manufacturing facility.
“It is such an honor and privilege to get to work among a group of individuals who treat each other with kindness, respect and love,” Shay said. “I am so thankful to get to be a part of such a wonderful collective of craftsmen and professionals.”
This year, InCord is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of custom safety netting solutions. Over the past 25 years, InCord has built a tradition of excellence in providing its customers with innovative custom netting solutions for a variety of divisions including material handling, construction, sports, amusement, and theatre. InCord was recognized by its employees and has been awarded Top Workplace by the Hartford Courant for the last nine consecutive years.
InCord has been North America’s largest manufacturer of custom safety netting for 25 years.