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As March events canceled and commercial
work shut down because of the COVID-19
pandemic, many tent installers, including
Classic Tents & Events, Norcross, Ga.,
shifted to providing tents at medical
facilities. Photo: Classic Tents & Events.

the control tower telling us which runway
to use or which bay to pull into."
Woody, whose narrow web printing
company is ramping up PPE production,
says manufacturers are used to pulling
the trigger and getting production going,
but given the onslaught of conflicting
information and a maze of different state
requirements, it's hard to find a central
clearinghouse that connects fabricators,
suppliers, raw materials and buyers, or
a clear path about where to send needed
PPE products.
Trying to connect the different parts of
the supply chain-and getting a normally
reliable supply chain to move-is one of
the biggest challenges right now.
Before the crisis, fastening supplier
American Plastics, Tracy, Calif., was well
stocked with elastic, according to president
Gary Grewal. By the end of March, that
supply was depleted due to demand for
elastic in face mask production, and the
company was working with an overseas
supplier to restock. "[The overseas
company is] under a lockdown and
not even allowed to go to the factories
anymore," he said in late March. "They
had about 200,000 yards of elastic on their
floor, and I said we need that elastic here.
They had to get special permission from
the police, with a police escort. They took

that freight to the airport, and it landed
in Los Angeles. Now we just have to clear
customs and then bring it over to our
warehouse, but it was a nightmare trying
to get it on the aircraft."
But even as end product manufacturers
see the production of medical products
as both a noble activity and a lifeline for
their business, it's not without risks, in
particular, being stuck with materials
and inventory when demand drops. Ron
Houle, founder and president of Pivot Step
Consultants LLC, Burke, Va., is advising
fabricators who produce medical gowns.
He says companies need to do a risk
analysis when pivoting to PPE production
to determine if they will sell enough to
make the ramp-up worthwhile.
"It's less about duration of this response
and more about small companies breaking
through the noise next to companies like
3M who are tooling up to produce millions
of these products."
WHAT'S NEXT?
Not all textile businesses are feeling a
slowdown. Charlene Clark, co-owner of
Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va.,
says while they are producing some PPE
products, they are still conducting marine
business in a relatively normal fashion
while ensuring that employees remain safe.

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