American workwear company Carhartt has changed its production plans for the time being. According to an announcement from the brand, Carhartt will be shifting its U.S. production to create gowns and masks for support those working on the frontlines against the COVID-19 pandemic to protect themselves.
Carhartt will begin producing medical gowns on April 6 and is scheduled to manufacture 2.5 million masks on April 20. According to the announcement, the brand will continue producing these critical items as long as they are in short supply.
“Sewing and answering the call during times of need has always been an integral part of Carhartt’s history and it’s why consumers have trusted us to have their back for more than 130 years,” said the brand’s chief executive officer Mark Valade. “We are humbled and honored to help all the essential workers serving and protecting us right now.”
Carhartt will continue to provide compensation for its manufacturing facilities for contributing to support the country’s need for medical personal protective gear. While the brand shifts its production to meet nationwide needs for protective supplies, it is also taking recommended protocols to ensure a safe work environment for its employees such as social distancing, limiting the number of employees and increasing sanitation measures within facilities.