GIULFORD – From swab factories to textile manufacturers, one company went from laying off almost half it’s team to reuniting them weeks later and boosting the production of high quality hospital gowns and antimicrobial scrub textiles.
“With COVID-19 there’s going to be a lot of these gowns that are going to be used,” said Rachael Davis, operations manager for Duvaltex.
With any use of a product, there’s bound to be some sort of waste.
“Gowns made with our level 1 and level 2 fabric’s can be washed up to 100 times a piece before needing to be recycled,” said Davis. “And that we are not sending disposable gowns to a landfill which is helping our future generations.”
As of right now Duvaltex is producing medical gowns for healthcare workers.
Level 1 gowns are for minimal risks, such as cover gowns for visitors while level 2 is for when more blood is drawn and Intensive Car Unit (ICU) patients.
The company is looking to expand to level 3 and 4 gowns in the future.
Davis said the next big picture step is for the United States companies to purchase more home-grown supplies.
“We need to think differently as far as what we have for supplies, especially in the u.s market we need to be not as reliant on china as we were before,” said Davis.
The productions of their gowns proves this, especially with expert’s predicting another wave of the virus.
“This first patch of fabric was suppose to last them several months, so obviously the more times this comes around the more demand is going to stay,” said Davis. “I think this is going to be our new future.”
When asking Davis the question, why do you believe Guilford has shown this kind of impact for COVID-19?
She responded saying, the people here are devoted to their work and the average associate for their company lasts 25 years.