In order to support the growing demand for domestically produced medical gowns for healthcare personnel, Precision Textiles, a supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminations, recently sold more than 10 million yards of its newly launched Medical Gown Series fabric line—enough material to produce 5 million hospital gowns.
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) in short supply as healthcare systems across the U.S. reached patient capacities. 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 the City of New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina so that those government entities could supply major healthcare systems with PPE across the U.S.
The company’s Medical Gown Series fabric line includes materials suitable to produce Levels 1 through 4 one-time use and multi-use medical gowns for low- to high-risk environments. The comfortable fabrics include 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.
About Precision Textiles: Founded in 1987, Totowa, New Jersey-based Precision Textiles is a global supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminates for companies in the mattress, home furnishings, automotive and health care industries, as well as military apparel. With a specialized emphasis on flame retardant compliant materials designed for use in mattresses and sleep products, the company manufactures its family of products at its 250,000-square-foot headquarters that includes a state-of-the-art laboratory, factory and warehouse. The company also holds four additional warehouses strategically located in the U.S., as well as two warehouses in Asia.