Responding to the Need
By Steve Waterson
The Resource Center (TRC)
NYSARH Member, The Resource Center (TRC) has been producing reusable personal protective equipment to
meet the needs of health care providers and other businesses.
Since April, workers have been sewing gowns and cloth masks at TRC’s Jamestown manufacturing facility. Upon learning of the shortages of personal protective equipment being experienced across the country and particularly in New York State, The Resource Center adjusted its sewing operations to be able to produce reusable PPE.
“As the need for PPE across the nation has grown, we began to expand our sewing operation to try and help meet those needs,” said Todd Frangione, Director of Business Operations. “We are currently supplying the Department of Defense with military tactical gear, first-aid kits, and we have now expanded those lines to include PPE in the form of a sewn mask and gown.”
To meet production needs, TRC has hired additional workers. The gowns and masks are being marketed to local businesses as well as to health care organizations throughout the state, particularly agencies like TRC that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The masks and gowns also are being used by TRC employees working in the agency’s primary care, dental, behavioral health, and health-related services settings.
“It has been rewarding to be able to utilize our extensive manufacturing capacity to provide protective equipment for our own employees, and our community of fellow healthcare providers,” said Denise Jones, Executive Director.
For more information contact Todd Frangione at Todd.Frangione@resourcecenter.org.
Businesses interested in ordering gowns or masks should phone (716) 661-1062 or order online at www.resourcecenter.org/shop.
Workers sew masks (yellow fabric) and gowns (white fabric) at The Resource Center’s Jamestown manufacturing facility.