Private brand apparel maker adjusts to make masks

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Tel Aviv, Israel-based Delta Galil Industries, a producer of private brand apparel and activewear for men, women and children, is pitching in to make more than 1.5 million face masks for European governments and emergency service personnel as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic

The company’s subsidiaries Schiesser will produce more than 1 million masks for the Czech and Slovakian governments, as well as for a German protective company. Eminence, Delta Galil’s subsidiary in France, is producing face masks for local personnel, ramping up more than 400,000 masks a month to help police and fire departments, military and social services groups throughout France.

Both subsidiaries retrofitted certain factories to make reusable, machine-washable face masks. Delta Galil began making masks for internal employees but kept the production lines running.

“In cooperation with our local supply partners in Europe and other industry colleagues, we’re able to increase production capacity to produce hundreds of thousands of urgently needed masks each month, answering the call from country leaders, fire departments, hospitals, police departments and the French Army, among others,” said Isaac Dabah, chief executive officer of Delta Galil. “We couldn’t be more humbled to be able to quickly produce items to help protect those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 in cooperation with our suppliers and industry colleagues.”