Manufacturers Lend a Helping Hand During Pandemic

Manufacturers Lend a Helping Hand During Pandemic

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, numerous companies in the casual furniture, barbecue/grill, and hearth industries have retooled their manufacturing facilities and worked with other organizations to produce much-needed medical supplies and equipment. A number of these companies have shared updates with Patio & Hearth Products Report.

OW Lee, a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture, firepits, and accessories located in Ontario, California, has produced 25,000 adult and children’s face masks. All masks are being made at cost in order to get them in as many hands as possible. In addition, a “buy one, donate one’” purchase option is available for consumers through its website: All donations are being sent to healthcare workers and other first responders.

California Umbrella (Pomona) is also sewing washable face coverings. It uses a medical-grade thread and a non-nonwoven blown fiber fabric liner material that helps enhance some particle capture and skin contact feel. The company has donated them to first responders, local public agencies, and clinics. California Umbrella has also been able to collect overseas sources for the standard surgical masks and some filtration masks that medical workers need to use as disposable PPE.

At short notice, Napoleon (Barrie, Ontario) partnered with a North American medical supply company to increase its production of PPE. To accomplish this, 50 Napoleon volunteer associates covered four shifts each day, including midnight shifts. The team provided much needed support in the areas of material handling, machine operations, assembly, engineering, and quality control, as well as team leadership and supervisory support.

Other outdoor furniture manufacturers that have contributed face masks and other PPE include NorthCape (Alsip, Illinois), SunVilla (City of Industry, California), Wearbest (Garfield, New Jersey), and Parà Tempotest (Milan, Italy).

During April, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (Burnsville, Minnesota) donated a percentage of its sales to the University of Minnesota COVID-19 relief fund. This program supports the needs of physicians, nurses, and other frontline caregivers to assist with their health and well-being, as well as provides supplies and equipment for patient care.

Ashley Furniture (Arcadia, Wisconsin) donated 1,102 mattresses to 10 organizations throughout the U.S., including children’s organizations, churches, shelters, and non-profits local to the company’s manufacturing and distribution facilities—the communities they call home. Ashley’s Distribution Services has been hauling essential goods across the country to fight the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the delivery of the mattress donations, the fleet ran emergency loads, hauling medical supplies and masks from New Jersey to North Carolina. Ashley has also taken on extra loads to haul paper products, grocery items, water, agricultural supplies, pet food, and more throughout the states.

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