The S.C. Manufacturers Alliance donated 2,000 nonsurgical masks made in Greenville to a pair of school districts and law enforcement officers.
“We are incredibly proud to donate these masks to help protect front-line workers who are providing critical services during this time of need,” Sara Hazzard, president and CEO of the alliance, said in a news release. “Manufacturers across the state have stepped up and retooled their operations in order to produce vital PPE (personal protective equipment) products. This is an excellent example of one way manufacturers are pitching in to support our state and its citizens to combat the greatest health challenge of our time.”
The masks were manufactured by Carolina Creative Products, an Augusta Road company that produces bandannas. Carolina Creative Products began producing masks in March at the request of BMW Manufacturing, which donated their order to Upstate community partners, according to the news release.
Carolina Creative Products produced an additional 2,000 masks that were distributed by the manufacturers alliance to the Horry County School District and the Florence 1 School District, each of which received 500 masks that will be used by food service workers and bus drivers who are delivering meals to area students. The other 1,000 masks were donated to the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association to distribute to law enforcement agencies.
“Carolina Creative Products is honored to produce and donate these masks,” James Bradley, vice president of manufacturing, said in the release. “I am very proud of our company’s associates who were able to shift production to make this product in a timely manner.”