Therapedic manufacturing facilities across the U.S. are aiding coronavirus relief efforts by producing and donating masks by the tens of thousands throughout the country.
Therapedic factories located in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, New Jersey and North Carolina have begun producing masks and donating them to healthcare workers, first responders and law enforcement. Across the five factories, company officials projected a total of 20,000 masks will be produced weekly and added that they have signed up and are ready to produce hospital mattresses as need arises.
“Each of the Therapedic factories should be commended for their incredible response in a time of national crisis to not only serve those on the frontline of the pandemic and their communities, but also to preserve employment in their businesses as best they can,” said Gerry Borreggine, Therapedic CEO.
The factories vary in size, production capacity and the number of employees working to produce masks and fill regular orders. Uniform across all the plants is implementation of health and safety procedures compliant to CDC guidelines and respective local and state orders, with protocols such as checking temperature of employees upon arrival for work, wearing personal protective equipment, keeping distance of six feet and periodic cleaning of equipment and workspaces.
At Therapedic Colorado, initial batches of masks are being given to employees and their families and donated to first responders and customers where needed. Additional production will be offered to organizations for purchase, according to officials.
Therapedic Florida will be donating masks to a local organization that will distribute them to hospitals, first responders and police stations in the surrounding communities there. Officials said after an inventory is built, masks will also be available for sale to grocery stores, nursing homes and other local essential business in the Tampa Bay area.
The Therapedic factory in Idaho has made local donations of masks in addition to sending a much-needed supply to a hospital in Butte, Mont., where the factory owner’s sister works.
The New Jersey factory, located in the heart of the country’s hardest hit area, has been making and donating masks to local hospitals since the pandemic began.
Therapedic North Carolina has donated masks to a group of 10 hospitals and over 100 medical offices covering 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. Additional donations will be made to local law enforcement and fire and rescue crews.
“I am so proud to see our factories unite to assist others in need during this challenging time. We have remained strong through other crises and continue to do so through this one. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the healthcare workers, first responders and others deemed essential, who are working on the front lines to keep the rest of us safe and fed,” said Borreggine.
About Therapedic: Therapedic is a 60-year-old mattress and sleep products manufacturer. Operating on six continents, with over 50 licensees’ products under the Therapedic brand label, it is a recognized top 10 mattress brand. In addition to key channels of distribution including Top 100 retailers, Therapedic top-of-bed products are sold exclusively through Bed Bath & Beyond.