AST Sportswear Begins Producing Face Masks For Hospital Donations

AST Sportswear, Inc. (PPAI 213713, S4), has pledged to use its manufacturing facility in Brea, California, to produce and donate health masks to hospitals facing shortages across the U.S. The company also plans on utilizing their own 100-percent cotton fabric that they source in the U.S. to produce the masks.

“After learning about the drastic shortages of masks in hospitals and hearing that some health care professionals started putting together makeshift masks out of little pieces of paper, I knew it was our responsibility as a community to help those on the frontlines helping our fellow Americans,” says AST Sportswear Chief Operating Officer Abdul Rashid.

Zahir Dadabhoy, AST’s chief financial officer, says, “A segment on CNN showed hospitals in Seattle running out of masks, and the staff had started making masks out of office supplies. That really touched him and Abdul came in with the plan to make some masks. Within a couple hours we had prototypes created and the plan was fully executed. We have already shipped our first runs from production.”

To help gain traction on having these masks readily available, AST Sportswear, Inc. has gone into production immediately, converting some production lines and using fabric resources originally designated for their apparel, and prioritizing labor to producing masks for those in need. These masks, crafted of 100-percent U.S. grown cotton, are breathable, washable and will come in an assortment of colors.

“We have dedicated some of our sales staff to call hospitals and offer masks; we are donating masks directly to hospitals and medical facilities at no charge,” says Dadabhoy. “These are 100-percent cotton masks that are not medical grade. We make sure every hospital [we] speak [with] are aware of what type of masks these are and many are grateful to be able to provide their staff with some protection.”

He adds, “Distributors can participate by reaching out to hospitals and letting them know that AST is donating cotton masks. We are only making donations directly to hospitals to make sure our frontline medical staff are being protected. Distributors can also purchase these masks from us but priority will be given to hospital donations.”

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Jessica McGee
March 31, 2020
Please let me know about the mask that you are manufacturing. I have some of my customers that are interested in donating these to the hospitals in my area. I am in Louisiana where Covid-19 has hit hard. Please send me any information and pricing and minimum quantities? Thank you, Jessica McGee (318)773-6540 Kaeser & Blair Dealer
Cathy De Lay
March 30, 2020
I volunteer at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and we would love some of your masks ❣️ We like all other hospitals are overflowing with patients and not enough masks. I am making some but they are gone as soon as I’m done making them 😳. How do I requests them ? The hospital address is : Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. ATTN: Supply Donation. 1798 N. Garey Ave. Pomona, CA 91767 Thank you in advance and God Bless you for doing this ❣️🙌🏼🙏
Luana Takahashi
March 25, 2020
Is it possible to get some of these masks sent to me? My son is a teacher in Japan and he sent me a copy of a news report see saw on KCAL 9 saying you were making free masks to help keep workers employed.
Gabriel Vivar
March 25, 2020
In need of face masks for our family. My wife & I are caring for her elderly parents. We can not fine any face masks at any stores. I can pick up at any location you send me to. I saw your story on KCAL and had to respond. My wife and relocate to L.A. phone number (408) 674-4911. What is the minimum order we can place. Thank you G. Vivar
Cecil Chang
March 20, 2020
Good morning, I received a PPAI email that stated your mfg of mask for hospitals. That is very admirable service. I will reach out to our local hospitals as well. I do ask how much is the mask and min qty. There are other industries that are requesting and would consider this option as well. Sincerely, Cecil Chang 801.699.7063 A Member of Press a Print
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