HBF and HNI shift manufacturing to PPE for first responders
April 15, 2020 | 10:17 am CDT

HICKORY, N.C. – HBF and other HNI Corp. companies are navigating the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, already infecting more than 2 million people worldwide and creating unprecedented disruption.

To support the local population and the local health care providers on the front lines, they are producing and donating personal protective equipment to first responders, healthcare systems, and hospitals. HNI is using its factories in Iowa, New York, as well as its HBF Hickory, North Carolina, location to meet local needs, including:  

--Manufacture of washable masks to support the rapid increase in demand for cloth face coverings recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to save critical surgical masks and N-95 respirators for healthcare workers and other medical first responders 

--Manufacture of washable mask covers, which fit over and extend the useful life of scarce N95 respirators 

--Manufacture of protective gowns (both washable and disposable), for use in hospitals that are facing unprecedented levels of protective gown usage and limited ability to acquire more 

HNI follows the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to ensure the safest possible working environment for members as they produce these materials. HNI companies will continue to deliver these products and services in a manner consistent with the promotion of health and well-being of all.

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