Valter Semedo

Lead lamination operator

Shawmut, West Bridgewater, Mass.

When did you start in the textile industry?

I started working for Shawmut five years ago because my family was also working here.


What is your background?

Before Shawmut I was working in warehousing, I then got an opportunity to run a lamination machine.


What types of products does your company specifically produce and what types of end products are they used in?

Shawmut produces a wide variety of laminate used in medical, military, industrial and more. Recently, we have been making a lot of medical gowns.


What does your job mean to you, your family and your community?

My job means everything. It has allowed me to grow as a person and support my family. Shawmut is a community and has been able to support job growth in the area


What is your role in producing PPE products or inputs for these products for your company?

I laminate textiles to films and ensure that the quality is good


How does it feel to have your company step up to address the PPE shortage during the pandemic?

During the pandemic we worked a lot of overtime to ensure that our gown materials were getting to the customers so they were satisfied.


Why is it important for textiles to be made/cut and sewn and/or finished in America?

It is important that textiles are made in the U.S. because when we needed them the most, we couldn’t get them and now we have the ability to produce them here.

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Shawmut's efforts

Shawmut was quick to pivot from the automotive market to meet the surge in demand for PPE. In a very short time, the company’s operators learned new skills and products as they cross-trained in new departments. The entire supply chain and engineering teams worked quickly to source raw materials and present a product to the plant that could be run efficiently and at high volumes.