Source: Furniture Today

A Lenoir manufacturer is shifting their business to create PPE. Upholstery manufacturer Fairfield Chair Company has “retooled” their business, according to Furniture Today. The company normally produces chairs and sofas; now they’re working on gowns and potentially masks.

In just over a week, Furniture Today reports, the company produced samples of the gowns and got the OK from Blue Ridge Healthcare to mass-produce. Blue Ridge Healthcare has 1200 gowns on the way once Fairfield Chair finishes their first round of production.

Doug McClurd, vice president of imports for Fairfield, says the company has 450 employees.

“We have been primarily manufacturing dining, occasional chairs and sofas since 1921. This is the first time the company has converted over to making Level 1 surgical gowns, and we now also have the ability to cut and sew the masks,” McClurd said.

Fairfield entered the project with some relevant experience, though. The company produced seating for senior living facilities. Those products required antimicrobial finishes.

“It has been a challenging effort to re-task,but the response from our Senior Living customers and local Health Care facilities in regards to supporting Fairfield Chair with orders on this has been uplifting,” McClurd said.

Read more in Furniture Today about how Fairfield is pivoting to PPE to help those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.