Ten million yards of medical gown fabric. It’s enough material to produce five million hospital gowns.
That’s how much Precision Textiles of Totowa, a leading supplier of coated fabrics, sold. The milestone supports the growing demand for domestically produced medical gowns for health care personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early April, the company pivoted its operations to manufacturing medical grade fabrics for use in hospital gowns, a key piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was in short supply. Produced at its New Jersey headquarters, the materials provide gown manufacturers with a domestic resource to replace imported fabrics which can have longer lead times.
“Over the last few months, this segment of our business has grown rapidly,” said Scott Tesser, chief executive officer of Precision Textiles. “Prior to the pandemic, this product line was a small portion of our business. Now, we are running at full capacity to help bridge the gap with domestic supply to meet the increased demand quickly as sales continue to grow.”
The materials were shipped to New York City, Massachusetts and North Carolina so those government entities could supply major health care systems with PPE across the U.S.
The company’s Medical Gown Series fabric line includes a variety of polyester fibers, polypropylene fibers and trilaminate fabrics. Some of the fabrics also include waterproof and washable attributes.
As demand continues, the company is looking at new ways to expand capacity, including new equipment and additional staff that can help increase the speed and efficiency of production.