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Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.,
Burlington manufactures its range of
Maxima® and XALT™ barrier fabrics for health
care using state-of-the-art polyester yarns,
constructions and finishes according to the
Association for the Advancement of Medical
Instrumentation® (AAMI) certifications and
EN13795 European standards.
The durability of Burlington's medical
fabrics allows the life of the garment to be
extended past its original use. For example, a
fabric certified for Level 2 protection through
75 launderings can be tested at the end of that
time and still meet certification for Level 1
protection, extending its life cycle.
Burlington operates its own on-site, institutional-grade medical laundry, complete
with steam sterilization equipment. Fabrics
are evaluated for true-to-life performance
and durability before leaving the manufacturing facility.
"Burlington is known for innovation
and quality, and we are proud to be a trusted
supplier to leading PPE manufacturers
globally," says Bebo. "We take protection and
our responsibility to provide it very seriously,
and never has that been more important
than now.
"The scarcity of equipment due to
the COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the
importance of reusable PPE, and we are
pleased to offer our expertise to support the
industry and ramp up the production of our
proven, established fabrics to meet the current
critical need."
The company has seen production of
its reusable health-care fabrics increase a
whopping 500 percent during the coronavirus pandemic.

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