With a national shortage of supplies like masks and gowns for healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic, these Metro Detroit-based companies are helping local hospitals in need
By Chelsie Dzbanski
Featured photo via Detroit Sewn Facebook
Detroit garment factory and streetwear brand York Project is no stranger to helping those in need. Since 2012, the company has been giving back to homeless organizations with Donation Kits that include various necessities. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, York Project saw another opportunity to lend a helping hand. The company has shifted its operations to produce non-surgical masks from scraps on hand from apparel production. It plans to donate masks to homeless shelters and other organizations in need. As York Project has the capability to manufacture larger orders, it’s encouraging hospitals and larger organizations to reach out with their needs. For more information visit, yorkproject.com.
America’s trusted workwear brand shifted its production to focus on serving and protecting the healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company plans to produce 50,000 medical gowns and 2.5 million masks. Visit carhartt.com for more information.
In addition to masks and gowns, hospitals have expressed a critical need for reusable caps. Eco-friendly, Detroit-based brand Sorry Not Sorry has pivoted its manufacturing to produce high-quality surgical caps and bouffants for healthcare workers. Donate to the cause by making a purchase on notsorryapparel.com or by purchasing caps that the company will then donate.
Detroit-based fashion label and design house Deviate has shifted production to assist with the mask shortage in local hospitals. With two non-surgical mask types in production — a basic, one-time-use mask and a reusable one with a filter — Deviate has the ability to produce 50 to 70 masks per day using on-hand materials and donations from the community. In addition, Deviate is also selling DV8 Beanies online and using the profits to help continue producing masks. For more information visit deviatefashion.com.
Pontiac-based garment factory Detroit Sewn is exclusively producing medical-wear at this time. The company can churn out high-volume orders of 1,000 washable, reusable masks or more, and it’s also offering a variety of personal protective equipment, like washable, reusable isolation gowns. Detroit Sewn has also partnered with Glamorous Moms Foundation to launch a volunteer donation center for DIY sewn masks. For more information visit, detroitsewn.com.
General Motors has recently converted its Warren facility to start mass-producing masks. With the help of engineers, designers, buyers and those working in manufacturing, GM devised an efficient mask-production process that will yield up to 50,000 masks per day. To help other companies ramp up their production efforts, GM is sharing its production process with the Michigan Manufacturers Association. For more information visit, gm.com.