Leveraging his company’s connections in Asia, Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard began sourcing face masks in March. Now his efforts are paying off. So far, 40,000 masks have been delivered to essential medical staff in heavily affected regions, but that’s just the beginning. Sinyard promises to source and donate 1 million masks–more if there continues to be a need. The brand is also wrapping up a program that donated bikes to essential workers across the United States through crowd-sourced community referrals.
Rip Clear, an outdoor brand that makes protective films for snow goggles and sunglasses, has re-purposed their manufacturing to make face shields for EMS, nurses and frontline workers.
With input from local health authorities and other experts, Arc’teryx has revamped its manufacturing process to make reusable medical gowns. The Canadian gear gurus plan to churn out a total of 90,000 gowns with the help of their partners Mustang Survival and Boardroom Clothing.
Workwear brand Dickies is also manufacturing FDA-compliant isolation gowns for hospitals and healthcare workers. Their gowns will be distributed to communities throughout the US in cooperation with federal and state government leaders. They expect to produce and deliver 50,000 gowns in May and will continue to ramp up production to make up to 3.4 million gowns by September.