Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced it will be providing medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks are being manufactured by employees at the Company’s Stitchcraft facility in Forest City, Iowa, which houses industrial sewing capabilities and produces soft goods for Winnebago Motorhome production. The facility typically specializes in creating items such as seats, sofas, cushions, pillows, draperies, shades, valances, mattresses, bedspreads, and a host of other sewn parts.
Chad Reece, Director of Corporate Relations with Winnebago Industries described how the whole process came about.
Reece explained that it was not only a company effort, but an employee effort as well. The company had to stay within several guidelines when starting this program not the least of which was social distancing.
A connection was made with MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and the research and design process quickly began. The first shipment of masks was delivered on Monday and additional deliveries will continue to fill the first production run of approximately 6,000 masks. The masks are being donated to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and will be used by clinical staff as they treat patients.
Winnebago Industries may continue to offer this service, but Reece said that several key items have to be reviewed first.
Rod Schlader, President, MercyOne North Iowa expressed his thanks to the team at Winnebago Industries for helping address a national shortage in medical masks.