Team Members Helping Fix N95 Surgical Masks
Recently, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance asked for help from local companies in addressing a need for safety equipment for local healthcare providers. The SCHA and South Carolina hospitals identified nearly 190,000 new N95 surgical masks with elastic straps that needed to be retrofitted.
The team at the Sleep Number’s plant in Irmo, South Carolina, volunteered to help their local community. A group of sewing team member are using new elastic materials, donated by Phenix Engineered Textiles, Inc., to replace faulty elastic bands and deliver retrofitted N95 surgical masks to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Sleep Number is a purpose driven company and our mission is to improve lives,” said Sleep Number’s Director of Irmo Manufacturing Operations Hunter Mottel. “We saw a need to leverage Sleep Number’s resources and talents to help members of our community, particularly healthcare workers on the front lines.”
Thanks to our team members and their efforts, Sleep Number is retrofitting nearly 190,000 N95 surgical masks for healthcare workers in South Carolina.