OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics staying busy producing components for PPE


Denise Offray

Posted May 14, 2020


BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. – Founded as a ribbon-weaving company in 1876 and incorporated in 1921, OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics has been a leading manufacturer of high-performance, mission-critical textiles for use in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and apparel since the 1970s.


Its primary markets include:


  • First responders (fire safety & rescue, emergency health services, law enforcement, etc.);

  • Defense (all branches of the military); and

  • Industrial safety.


“We at OTEX have always felt privileged to design and manufacture products that help protect and save lives, and this has never been more true than in these days, where so many risk their own safety to help others,” said Denise Offray owner and CEO.


Having been recognized as an essential manufacturer of “Life-Sustaining Products” by the Office of Governor Wolf, its Pennsylvania-based mill is busy producing the elastics, trims and webbings that find their way into products on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


With its Sentry FR® (fire resistant) line of elastics and many other FR products, OTEX is renowned as a leader in developing and suppling fire and safety-related narrow fabrics. Of late, this has become extremely important for producing the elastics and trims utilized in medical PPE, which are used in “pure oxygen” environments, such as hospitals and ambulances.


Many of these include medical face masks, face shields, full-and-partial-face reusable respirators, and medical aprons and gowns – to name a few.


As one might expect, OTEX has received a great influx of inquiries for narrow fabrics utilized in these types of products and is excited to collaborate with other companies in order to combat the spread of this virus.


“We wish to extend an invitation to other producers of related PPE and protective apparel to contact us with your supply questions and needs,” Offray said.


Learn more about OTEX on its website or send email to info@osnf.com.


Source: OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics

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