Carhartt plants to make gowns, masks


ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Starting Monday, April 6, Carhartt’s four plants in Kentucky and Tennessee will start making masks and gowns for health care workers.

According to a release, the company, which is one of the nation’s best-known workwear clothing makers, plans to make 50,000 gowns and 2.5 million masks.

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In addition, the company noted, “As long as these critical items are in short supply, Carhartt will continue to assist in production.”

“Serving and answering the call during times of need has always been an integral part of Carhartt’s history and it’s why consumers have trusted us to have their back for more than 130 years,” said Carhartt CEO Mark Valade. “We are humbled and honored to help all the essential workers serving and protecting us right now.”

The switch comes as the company, like many manufacturers, has been making operational changes to protect the health and safety of workers.

The steps include implementing social distancing protocols, limiting the number of employees, and increasing sanitation measures within facilities to ensure the health and well-being of team members, the company said.

Over the last few weeks, Carhartt temporarily closed all company-owned stores and implemented temporary rotating paid work schedules in its manufacturing and distribution facilities to encourage social distancing among associates.