Aramark, the Philadelphia-based food services and uniform services, has announced that it will now be producing personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the frontline workers fighting COVID-19 across the United States.
The manufacturer has decided to convert its uniform manufacturing plant, which produces lab coats, work shirts, pants and coveralls, into PPE production units for manufacturing respiratory and medical masks, scrubs and isolation gowns.
The company took only a week to set up the unit and train its employees for the change.
Aramark is targeting to produce millions of these products once fully operational. It delivered its first shipment of scrubs and isolation gowns to clients last week, while the respiratory and medical mask production is scheduled to start in mid-July.
John Zillmer, CEO, Aramark, said “It’s the selfless passion for service that defines our company and we are proud to do our part during this extraordinary time.”
These products will be shipped from Aramark manufacturing plant in Mexico to clients including healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and other vital industries of the United States.
The company has notably donated local organisations with almost 110,000 pounds of food and is still delivering free and reduced meals to over 215 schools during the pandemic. Also, the company has come up with on-site ‘pop-up’ grocery for doctors, nurse and hospital staff to help them with shop essentials like milk, bread, eggs etc.