The auto industry, while largely shuttered by the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, is still stepping up to use its talents, materials and innovation to help out where it can. Among those heroes is Covercraft Industries, the Oklahoma-based producer of custom internal and external automotive covers.
Recognizing that they had both the technical expertise in materials, and the production facilities, Covercraft got its Pauls Valley plant up and running to make Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers and first responders. Covercraft’s knowledge of specialty fabrics puts them in a unique position to manufacture the much needed gowns and masks that are keep those on the front lines a little safer.
“We actually have two materials we are using at the moment,” explains Jeff Jegelewicz, Manager of eCommerce and Marketing. “One for protective gowns and the other for masks. The protective gown fabric is a car cover material that’s excellent for water repellency, so that was really natural for the protective gowns and then we have a very breathable but dust and particle resistant car cover fabric that we are using for the masks.”
The effort has the added benefit of bringing workers back to the factory and providing much needed employment. Currently, production capacity for these PPEs is about 4,000 units of each product a day. That may change and increase soon due to the demand for these products.