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Mohawk Flooring Is Now Making Hospital Gowns

Hadley Keller
Photo credit: Mohawk

From House Beautiful

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the country, more and more companies are galvanizing to find ways to support health-care workers on the front lines of the crisis. While the most common practice has been mask making—with many design and fabric companies donating time and supplies to address the shortage of masks—those aren’t the only thing in short supply at hospitals. Many medical professionals have also spoken out about the lack of hospital gowns. Now they’re about to get some from an unexpected source: a flooring company.

Photo credit: Mohawk

Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, has converted its Georgia factory to a gown manufacturer, retraining its engineering and sewing teams to churn out over 1,000 gowns in the past 10 days, with fabric donated by Fabric Sources International. The companies developed the pattern from an existing gown, then replicated it en masse.

“During the developing COVID-19 crisis, we came together as a team to look at our current capabilities and see if there was any way that we could help the medical groups in our communities,” said Bart Hill, senior vice president of product development and operations, in a statement.

This first shipment will be donated to local medical centers (Hamilton Medical Center and Emory University medical facilities), but the company plans to expand outreach as it continues to produce gowns.

Photo credit: Mohawk

“Amazing things can happen when the community and local businesses come together to solve real-world challenges,” says Chris Simuro, president of Fabric Sources International. Here’s to more of this community-driven collaboration for good.

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