Lifestyle and apparel company Kontoor Brands has begun producing
protective gear to help those in hospitals and on the frontline of the
The company, whose portfolio includes brands Wrangler and Lee, has
started producing around 50,000 Level 1 patient gowns and 10,000 disposable
isolation gowns for clinicians at North Carolina-based hospitals.
The protective gear is being produced at the company’s owned and
operated manufacturing facilities, with patient gown fabric donated by
Copen United Limited and Cotswold Industries, Inc., zippers from YKK
(U.S.A.) Inc., and disposable protective fabric for the isolation gowns
from Greensboro-based Precision Fabrics Group, Inc.
Kontoor Brands is also making a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of
Northwest North Carolina to help those affected by job disruptions and
school closures in the area.
The company said that it “continues to assess the impact of coronavirus
on its operations” and is taking “significant measures” to ensure the
health and safety of its global workforce.
“In times like these, it’s important that we all rise to the occasion
and redirect our efforts to help solve critical issues that have resulted
from the spread of Covid-19,” said Kontoor Brands CEO Scott Baxter in a
statement. “By producing gowns, we hope to help provide hospitals with the
much-needed equipment to fight this virus.
“Our company is proud to support the efforts of many across the country
in fighting Covid-19. We will continue to look for ways we can help our
communities and the people most affected by this crisis.”
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