COVID 19 PPE EFFORTS

WE'RE HELPING TO MITIGATE THE PPE SHORTAGE BY MAKING FDA CERTIFIED SAFE AND EFFECTIVE REUSABLE ISOLATION GOWNS AND OTHER PPE ITEMS. 

AZ Apparel Foundation is temporarily pivoting its efforts from providing apparel entrepreneur resources to mitigating the state’s current PPE shortage with FABRIC. 

FABRIC is a unique model that is supporting small business, innovation, and sustainability that has often been referred to as the nation’s most robust fashion incubator. Powered by a collaboration of the non-profit AZ Apparel Foundation, the City of Tempe, dozens of for-profit businesses, and a passionate community of entrepreneurs cultivated over two decades, FABRIC is a public-social-cooperative-enterprise. In three and a half years, FABRIC/AZ Apparel Foundation has provided resources to over 450 emerging apparel entrepreneurs and has contributed over $1.7M in free and discounted programs and services to the community. 

As a community resource for apparel entrepreneurs and a manufacturer of sewn products, we have received desperate requests to provide millions of PPE items to healthcare facilities and first responders. Without hesitation, we joined forces with a Quality and Regulatory Consultant specializing in medical devices and the AZ Commerce Authority PPE mitigation task force. We researched what it would take to make safe and effective PPE items that followed FDA guidelines. We procured the scarce FDA-approved fabric required. We received the FDA certification needed. We created sewing patterns and have sewn mock-ups with a LEIN manufacturing consultant to ensure efficiency. We now have the ability to manufacture a few different safe, effective, FDA approved items such as reusable isolation gowns and are currently filling large and small orders for healthcare facilities. 

In order to do this, we needed to ramp up our efforts with additional machinery, skilled labor, and retrofitting of our facility. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE needed to help us mitigate the PPE shortages. 

 

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$261,935 ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT COSTS. 

INCREASES GOWN PRODUCTION FROM 500/WK TO 20,000+/WK 

(Good news! Funding Secured! Thank you Flinn FoundationVirginia G. Piper, Charitable Trust, and Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy)

Duplicate our existing production line three times allowing us to make 20,000+ reusable isolation gowns/wk. Gowns would be provided at cost to healthcare providers and first responders within Arizona. Gowns are reusable up to 300 washes which is equivalent to 7,500,000 disposable gowns/week.

Cost breakdown:

  • (41) Industrial Double Needle Overlock Sewing Machines with table, legs, servo motor and LED lamp = $56,580

  • (41) Overlock components: Footlift with Chain, Waste Removal Bag, Pneumatic Side Cutter = $14,555

  • Industrial Cylinder bed full submerged Coverstitch ¼ gauge, 3 needle, top and bottom Coverstitch with pneumatic thread trimmers, auto foot lift, complete T legs with casters, 110 Volts, LED lamps = $3950

  • (2) Industrial Juki Single Needle with thread trimmers, auto back tack foot, lift complete table, T legs with casters, LED lamp = $2850

  • Gerber Automated Cutter = $184,000

  • Freight charges TBD

  • Bias Cutter $15,000

TOTAL = $276,935 (not including freight)

FUND IT

$40,000 BUILDING RETROFIT TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL MANUFACTURING OF PPE 

(Good news! Funding Secured! Thank you Tempe Innovation Development Association)

Cost breakdown:

  • Submission of plans, permits and contract electrical work to support additional equipment needs=$6000

  • Construction costs to implement minor building modifications to support adding of additional equipment (includes labor, supplies and lift)=$4800

  • Upfront costs for 1st payment/deposits, shipping, set-up for leasing of additional equipment. This includes automatic cutter, industrial sewing machines, binding cutter, sorting bins and fabric storage racks=$11,600

  • Purchase of consumable supplies to run new equipment and operations (thread, oil, belts, plastic, paper etc.)=$1600

  • Start-up hiring costs for 50+ new sewers &line supervisors (non cost-of-goods payroll): recruiting, screening, interviewing, onboarding, training=$14,000

  • Initial Sterilization of building and daily cleaning maintenance to keep employees safe (COVID-19 SOP)=$2000

$22,000 FDA CERTIFICATION & TRAINING 

(Good news! Funding Secured! Thank you Thunderbirds Charities!)

Cost breakdown:

$5,236 FDA Certification

$12,500 Training

$4,000 Consulting

SEWING MACHINES Donate additional machines to our manufacturing line.

Industrial Single Needle

Industrial Overlock

Industrial Coverstitch

FUND IT

 

SEWING/CUTTING MACHINE OPERATORS who have industrial machine experience.

Temporary

Proof of authorization to work or US citizenship required

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STRONG VOLUNTEERS to help move machinery.

PHASE 1: Remove current equipment to prep for epoxy flooring

PHASE 2: Replace current equipment after epoxy application

PHASE 3: Moving in additional machines and equipment as they are acquired

HELP US

TEXTILES AND TEXTILE SUPPLIERS that meet FDA and AAMI standards

REUSABLE PPE TEXTILES: Integrity 2000, Burlington C3, Integrity 1800, Maxima and Maxima ESD (All of these adhere to level 2-4 AAMI Standards) 

DISPOSABLE PPE TEXTILES: Spunbound Polypropylene, SMS Material (Levels 1-4 AAMI), Coated Polypropylene (Level 4 AAMI), Polyethylenene, SMS Material (Levels 1-4 AAMI), Coated Polypropylene (Level 4 AAMI), Polyethylene

HELP SECURE TEXTILES

SANITATION SUPPLIES to keep FABRIC safe and clean for the people who will be making PPE items.

Hand sanitizer

Cleaning supplies

Toilet paper

Paper towels

DELIVER SUPPLIES HERE

 

SPREADING THE WORD

MEDIA INQUIRIES

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HEALTHCARE FACILITY CONNECTIONS to address their PPE needs or help connect them with other manufacturers we that we assist to ramp up. We will add their request to our master list of needs.

CONTACT US

Thank you kindly for your consideration.

132 E 6th St, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA

(602) 743-4638

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