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Brittany Obitz 

Production QC/logistics manager

Clothier Design Source,

St. Paul, Minn.

 

When did you start in the textile industry? July 2019

What is your background?
I graduated high school with state and national textile awards. In May of 2019 I graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor's degree in Apparel Design and Development.

What types of products does your company specifically produce and what types of end products are they used in?  Clothier Design Source specializes in more than just medical garments. We are experienced with athletic, high stretch, children's, technical and innovative wear.

What does your job mean to you, your family and your community? 
I define apparel as anything you wear to protect, wrap or beautify your body. This job is protecting my community, wrapping a sense of security for my family and beautifying my mind as a lead.

What is your role in producing PPE products or inputs for these products for your company? 
I'm the Production Brand, Quality Control and Ship lead. I'm in charge of not only making sure PPE products are sent out in not only a timely manner but a safe one.

How does it feel to have your company step up to address the PPE shortage during the pandemic?  
It's heartening to see all the effort put in by each and every individual. I feel this company can and will transcend any challenges put in front of it.

Why is it important for textiles to be made/cut and sewn and/or finished in America?
Our company advocates for bringing textile production back into America. Not only is it reliable, but it also creates new job opportunities for those affected by the pandemic.

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Clother Design Source's efforts

 

Clother Design Source’s factory pivoted from making mostly athleticwear and other medical supplies to mostly PPE within two months time. The company developed its own products and worked with other brands to get what was needed most out there to help in the pandemic. 

 

“We've had great success in specialty PPE items that meet niche needs,” said Kellie Kronberg, Operations manager.

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