Monterey Mills and Eder Flag, team up to start manufacturing of much-needed respirator masks
Tue March 24, 2020
Wisconsin companies 90 miles apart collaborating
on effort to fill regional and national demand
MILWAUKEE – In an effort to meet regional and national demand for respirator masks, Wisconsin-based companies Monterey Mills and Eder Flag are teaming up to begin production of vitally needed barrier masks for use by front-line medical personnel and others seeking protective face coverings.
Monterey Mills based in Janesville, WI is the largest textile mill of its kind in North America, and supplier of knitted pile fabric used in a variety of medical and air-filtration products. Eder Flag, based in Oak Creek, WI is the nation’s largest manufacturer of flags and flagpoles and is converting part of its flag-sewing operations to produce the barrier masks.
A large regional health system in Wisconsin has entered into a supplier agreement with Monterey Mills to receive the masks. An initial supply of 20,000 barrier masks will be supplied to the health system. The City of Milwaukee Health Department has also requested 2,500 masks, which will be donated. Monterey Mills is also following up with additional health systems in the region that have expressed interest in receiving the masks.
“It’s wonderful to have two companies in the region coming together to fill this need,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Both companies are known for their quality products and I have no doubt these masks will be met with open arms by health care, law enforcement, and anyone working among the general public during these challenging times.”
Dan Sinykin, president of Monterey Mills, said the protective facemasks are designed to be washable and reversible so that either side can be used directly in front of the face. Doctors and other health care professionals have reviewed the masks’ design and materials used in production.
“We’re combining air filtration and insulation fabrics, with a membrane liner to create a highly effective, comfortable respirator mask. The masks are designed to be re-useable, cleaned in an industrial or home washer, and available for multiple uses.” Sinykin said. These masks will be American made with all product and labor created here in the U.S. With calls coming in from all over the country, we’re ready now to start producing masks and to answer the call for help.”
Organizations interested in ordering the masks should call 877-BLANKET (877-252-6538) or visit www.safeusamasks.com for more information. Priority will be given to healthcare professionals, government agencies and professional services.
“Instead of sewing together the stars and stripes to make U.S. flags, we’re ready to help fill an urgent local and national need. We have the infrastructure and will take necessary steps with our workforce and facility to ramp up production of these masks to the best of our ability,” said Jodi Goglio, chief operating officer of Eder Flag. “We’re very familiar with Monterey Mills and it makes perfect sense for these two Wisconsin companies to collaborate on this project.”
“Monterey Mills has the fabric inventory and manufacturing capacity to produce millions of masks,” Sinykin added, “but we are continuing to look for more trim components, like elastic, to boost supplies and for additional cut and sew partners to support Eder’s efforts.”
If you know anyone, we are looking for elastic and some cut and sew companies to help. We are bidding on some large contracts.
Monterey Mills has been deemed and essential business, and despite the Wisconsin Governor’s Order to close most of the businesses in the state of Wisconsin, Monterey remains open. We will be supporting the needs of our customers while producing fabric and masks for the critical first responders.
About Monterey Mills
Monterey Mills is the largest sliver knitting in North America. Founded in 1946, the company is the premier supplier of fabric to a variety of industries including: paint roller, medical, apparel, filtration, and home furnishing. Based in Janesville, Wisconsin, Monterey Mills is a family owned business, whose fabric is supplied world-wide. For more information, visit www.montereymills.com.
About Eder Flag
Eder Flag, an employee-owned company, is the nation’s largest producer of flags, flagpoles and related accessories. It is focused on customer service and making quality, craftsmanship and durability paramount values within the company. Originally launched as Eder Manufacturing co. in 1887 by seven Eder brothers, it was acquired by Eugene Eder in 1957. He served as the company’s leader for 50 years. The company services more than 5,000 customers and sells over 20,000 different products. Production operations are located in Oak Creek, and a distribution center located in the Orlando, Fla. area. For more information, visit www.EderFlag.com.