FALL RIVER, Mass .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – An unprecedented backlog of all imports, including medical products, is creating a crippling supply chain crisis across the United States. Last week, the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach announced that a record of 70 container ships were waiting offshore to unload their goods. In response, Merrow Manufacturing and Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) have mobilized their resources to alleviate widespread shortages, substandard design, highly variable quality and rising PPE prices with the creation of Reusable Isolation Gowns from level 1 and 2. This exclusive gown design was created in collaboration with a group of infection control nurses and medical product engineers. The Merrow and PFG teams responded to nurses’ serious concerns about PPE: “Will we get it?” Will it be efficient? ”
“Our mission has been to listen intensely and to integrate the experience, ideas, needs and desires of nurses into a protective gown that will provide comfort and freedom of movement, without sacrificing full protection during this amazingly COVID era. intense, ”said James Barry, Business Manager of Health Products at PFG.
In addition to being reusable up to 125 times, these medical protective gowns are made from a high performance medical grade antimicrobial fabric, designed for optimal protection of the body and neck, while being competitively priced with alternatives. Disposable PPE of lower quality. on a cost per use basis.
According to Merrow Manufacturing CEO Charlie Merrow, this breakthrough in the design and manufacture of isolation gowns will not only maintain a supply of much-needed American PPE for healthcare workers, but also reduce costs. improve efficiency and maintain quality.
“The scarcity of PPE in the United States in 2020 preceded a crisis in hospital staff which is currently forcing some establishments to ration care. The latest increase in COVID cases only exacerbates the potential for substantial supply chain disruption that has trapped the movement of goods around the world, ”Merrow said. “By combining this innovative new product with our sustainable production model, we can avert disaster. ”
Merrow and PFG’s post-pandemic industrial expansion of 100% US sourced medical protective equipment, with a mission to operate at scale and as a sustainable and agile industrial platform, strengthens the the country’s public health and medical infrastructure and guarantees continuous and accessible access. , a secure source of PPE supplies. The facilities in which they are manufactured are registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Proven by independent testing, the Merrow / PFG L2 medical gown meets and exceeds ASTM Level 1 and 2 standards.
As flu season quickly approaches, private and public healthcare facilities seek immediate and reliable solutions to supply chain disruptions. This nurse-designed, unique combination of a secure home supply, innovative technology, and improved sustainability has the potential to address these issues and ensure the safety of providers, patients and healthcare agencies. public health. Federal and state organizations aligned with this mission are encouraged to contact Merrow and PFG.
About Merrow Manufacturing
The Merrow Group companies, established in 1838, are owned and operated by 8th generation Merrow family members Owen and Charlie Merrow, with diverse manufacturing interests and headquarters on the six-acre Merrow campus in the center – City of Fall River, MA. Merrow’s main divisions include manufacturing, brands, medical parts and equipment, and wholesale. Today, the Merrow Manufacturing division is known for the development and manufacture of instrumented clothing, equipment and flexible products. Merrow received the Manufacturer of the Year award in the State of MA in 2017 and 2018, the MassINC Gateway City Innovation Award in 2018, the Constellation Supernova Award 2017 for technological innovation and the Cornerstone Entrepreneur Award 2019 from the Bristol Community Middle School. Merrow is one of the fastest growing companies in Massachusetts. Most recently, Merrow was recognized by Forbes, WSJ, State of MA and RI for his leadership and investment in the medical supply chain. Learn more about www.merrowmfg.com.
About Precision Fabrics Group
Precision Fabrics Group was formed in 1988 through a leveraged buyout of Burlington Industries and continues today as a private company. The company has grown from a traditional textile manufacturer to an engineering materials company focused on high-quality, highly technical woven and non-woven materials. PFG currently employs approximately 600 associates and operates factories in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. PFG’s corporate headquarters are located in Greensboro, North Carolina. PFG’s factory in Vinton, Virginia specializes in weaving some of the most technical continuous filament fabrics in the world. Our facilities in Greensboro and Madison, TN are world class in the range of nonwoven products manufactured. For more information visit www.precisionfabrics.com.