Room & Board suppliers pivot to protective gear
Open Works has converted its operation to the emergency production of face shields using 3D printers.

During the Covid-19 crisis, Room & Board’s many U.S. manufacturing partners have reopened as essential businesses to keep producing protective equipment for donation. 

Open Works, part of Room & Board's Urban Wood Project, makes the Hanneman stool, Henson table lamp and Montford picture ledge products. Open Works has converted its operation to the emergency production of face shields using 3D printers.

American Leather, which makes many of Room & Board’s recliners and sleeper sofas, is producing masks and gowns for healthcare workers in its Dallas factory.

Precedent Furniture, which makes dozens of the brand's accent chairs, beds and sofas, has switched its production over to protective masks.

ADF of Ladysmith, Wisconsin, which makes the Arcana hooks and magazine stands, is producing safety shields and separation barriers for service counters in order to protect workers interacting with patients.

Redland Cotton of Moulton, Alabama, whose material is used for the Sommerville bedding collection, is producing masks for the University of Alabama Medical Center.

Valdese Weavers, maker of many popular Room & Board pillows, is sewing masks for hospitals in North Carolina.

McCreary Modern, manufacturer of the Metro sofa, has researched and developed two types of masks. One to cover an N95 mask that extends the life of the mask and another mask with a disposable pleated design. The company is making these for Hospice of Catawba County and offers its services to the nation as needed.

Facture Goods, known for the Everly Bowls, raised more than $10,000 for food and protective equipment for healthcare workers in the Chicago area through a raffle. This is a personal effort for Aron Fischer of Facture Goods.


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