The company, which was founded in 1818, is in the process of converting its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing dress clothes to making masks and gowns.
Brooks Brothers says it plans to use these facilities to produce up to 150,000 masks per day on an ongoing basis, to increase access to protective gear for health care workers and others battling the spread of COVID-19 at hospitals and other facilities across the United States. The company also revealed that it will be producing gowns.
“We consider this a duty, and part of our DNA at Brooks Brothers,” said Chief Executive Officer Claudio Del Vecchio. “These are challenging times that are impacting us all.”
This week we are in the process of converting our New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to now making masks and gowns. #BrooksBrothers
— Brooks Brothers (@BrooksBrothers) March 30, 2020
“We are deeply grateful to the medical personnel at the frontlines who are fighting the pandemic, and we are honored to do our part and join our peers in retail to provide protective masks that our health care system critically needs,” Del Vecchio continued. “I also want to thank our dedicated manufacturing employees who are returning to work as we reopen our factories to make this possible.”
Brooks Brothers’ factory employees who will be making masks are set to return to work this week after a two-week precautionary self-quarantine. The company said it is closely following public health recommendations and will enforce federal guidelines for sanitation and social distancing at all of its facilities to protect employees and customers.