Source: Hickory Daily Record

In Hickory, HBF and HBF Textiles is converting their office furniture manufacturing outfit into a producer of cloth masks and medical gowns, the Hickory Daily Record reports.

The manufacturer is donating the PPE to first responders like firefighters, health care workers, hospice workers, hospitals and the Novant Health System, according to a new release. Production is focused on making cloth masks that are reusable in an effort to preserve N95 and surgical masks. 

“Doing our part to help others has long been at the heart of the company’s culture,” Dan Chong said in the news release. Chong is the president of HBF. “We have been a member of the Hickory community for 40 years and we are dedicated to supporting our local health care workers and heroes by converting our factories to produce personal protective equipment.”

HBF is working in tandem with groups like Valdese Weavers and Milliken to acquire material for the masks and gowns. According to the Hickory Daily Record, this reduces the cost of material and allows HBF to manufacture 2000 to 2500 masks per week.

Read more about the Hickory company from the Hickory Daily Record.