Childrens Factory Manufacturing COVID-19 Face Coverings
Children’s Factory, LLC Uses Play-Products Manufacturing Expertise to Mass Produce COVID-19 Face Coverings (download pdf)
UNION, Missouri, May 13, 2020 / Children’s Factory, LLC, a subsidiary of Excelligence® Learning Corporation, a leading provider of educational tools and solutions to early childhood teachers and parents, has been the preferred supplier of early-education equipment for nearly 40 years. The soft-play products company was founded on the belief that children learn and develop through the power of play. After years of steady growth, Children’s Factory’s product line evolved to include preschool wood furniture, rest-time products, commercial trikes, play carpets and more.
When schools and daycares around the world began shutting their doors due to COVID-19, the roaring sewing machines that once tailored brightly colored play climbers, soft jumbo blocks and bean bags, quickly began sharing production time sewing personal protective equipment. In early March, when the CF team realized the tremendous shortage of masks, they quickly sprang into action. Designers immersed themselves in the subject of PPE face coverings to determine the optimal sizes, materials and functionality. The Operations team set forth a plan to produce the highest quality parts in the shortest amount of time, taking advantage of automatic cutting equipment and professional skilled sewing operators. Meanwhile, the sales team worked tirelessly, corresponding with organizations and essential workers in need. In less than a week, PPE products were packed and ready for shipment.
Jason Donovan, Vice President of Operations, expressed “The team has really come together to pivot quickly and provide what the community needs at this time. Everyone jumped in and did their part to make this happen. Children’s Factory is a great representation of pride in U.S. manufacturing and really stepped forward in this time of need”.
Children’s Factory face coverings are not replacements for the N95 surgical masks but are appropriate for asymptomatic non-medical personnel, thus reserving the desperately needed N95 inventory for those working near or directly with COVID-19 patients. There are a variety of face coverings available in both adult and youth sizes. A popular style is made from a multiple layer non-woven polypropylene material with either tie straps or elastic ear loops. Another style, specifically for children, is made of fun cotton prints with a pocket that allows the user to easily insert an additional filter if desired. A third style, for both adults and children, is a simple non-sewn version that can be shipped in mass quantities, right off the cutting table.
Children’s Factory is committed to providing personal protective equipment options for as long as society is in need. Face coverings are currently being shipped throughout the United States and Canada with additional destinations on the horizon. For information on purchasing in bulk, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inquiries regarding assisting in the production of masks, contact HR@childrensfactory.com.
About Children’s Factory, LLC
Children’s Factory® is the premier supplier of early childhood classroom furnishings and indoor/outdoor play equipment. The U.S. based manufacturer and distributor consists of three trusted brands: Angeles®, Children’s Factory® and Learning Carpets™. The broad assortment provides learning spaces with a cohesive look including beautifully crafted storage, seating and floor coverings in addition to unique play equipment that encourages discovery, motor development and social interaction. The leading brands have become the first choice of educators and parents seeking to create safe and inspiring play spaces. Children’s Factory is a subsidiary of Excelligence® Learning Corporation and operates two manufacturing/distribution facilities in Union, Missouri and a wood manufacturing facility in Angola, Indiana.
About Excelligence® Learning Corporation
Excelligence® Learning Corporation (www.excelligence.com) is a leading developer, manufacturer, distributor, and multi-channel retailer of over 20,000 innovative, high-quality and grade-appropriate educational products and teaching solutions, which are sold primarily to early childhood learning centers, elementary schools, PTAs, and consumers. The company has three core divisions: Supplies (Discount School Supply and Really Good Stuff), Equipment (Angeles®, Children’s Factory®, and Learning Carpets), and Services (Educational Products, Inc., ChildCare Education Institute. LifeCubby and Frog Street Press). With over 30 years of experience serving children, educators and parents, Excelligence’s diversified portfolio of leading brands delivers quality, innovation, service and value on a global scale. Leading proprietary brands include: Colorations®, BioColor®, Excellerations®, MyPerfectClassroom® and Environments®.
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