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It wasn't
business as usual,
but we protected our
employees' health
and livelihood and
grew our revenue.
BARRY ADAMS

Charlene Clark, owner of Signature
CanvasMakers, chips in to complete
mask orders for the United States
Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Wasp.
Photo: Signature CanvasMakers.

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and I think national [food and
beverage] chains will be building this
into their blueprints going forward. "
At the same time, Peachtree and
Tennessee Awnings also saw an
increase on the residential side of their
retractables business, as homeowners
spent money to expand their outdoor
spaces. Home improvement represents
a smaller part of the companies' overall
business, and Adams says they could've
done more. " Because our business
is mostly commercial, we might've
missed the boat a bit on that. "
Peachtree and Tennessee Awnings
also moved forward with a new
powder coating capability that had
been in the works pre-pandemic. This
necessitated significant investment
in equipment and a move to a larger,
30,000-square-foot facility in Atlanta.
Adams admits that while his risk

tolerance is pretty high, he remains
vigilant. " I have my ear to the ground
almost daily, checking but continuing
to move forward, expand and try to
grab a bigger share of the pie, " he says.
SERVE, SUPPORT AND REFOCUS
It's possible that a previous career in
the military prepared Chandler Clark,
owner of custom canvas shop Signature
CanvasMakers based in Hampton,
Va., to mobilize quickly when the
pandemic hit. Norfolk, just outside
of Hampton, is home to a large naval
base, and when the U.S. Department of
Defense issued guidance in early April
2020 advising Navy personnel to wear
face masks, Clark knew his company
could help. " Pivoting to manufacturing
PPE was a logical decision. It allowed
us to keep our people employed, serve
the community and supply protective



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