Colgate Mattress Shifts Gears to Make Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic
Atlanta company to provide masks to local organizations.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlanta-based Colgate MattressTM has shifted the focus of a portion of its factory employees from handcrafting crib mattresses to creating masks, which will be donated to Shepherd Center. These masks are a collaborative effort across the company, from hospital outreach to mask design to sewing and manufacturing. Together, the Colgate family is aiming to donate about 3,000 masks by mid-April.
“When COVID-19 began impacting our community, we knew we had to help,” said Colgate Mattress Vice President Richard Wolkin. “As a manufacturing facility, we have the unique ability to repurpose some of our supplies for masks. We have worked tirelessly to manufacture a mask that can be utilized to better protect our community.”
Colgate MattressTM, the nation’s oldest family-owned manufacturer of crib mattresses and accessories, is committed to supporting its local Atlanta community during the recent coronavirus pandemic. In response to the shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, Colgate is taking actionable steps to manufacture necessary masks at scale. Shepherd Center, also an Atlanta mainstay, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.
Over the course of three days, Colgate Mattress developed a mask prototype and accelerated manufacturing efforts to produce about 500 masks per day.
“We’re grateful for and inspired by local businesses such as Colgate who have pivoted on their own business model to help organizations during this time," said Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, president and CEO of Shepherd Center. “We’re grateful to Colgate for committing to keeping our community safer. Community support is always vital, but even moreso during this challenging time.”
Colgate Mattress also continues to manufacture and provide parents with high-quality crib mattresses and accessories. The company has been an industry pioneer, being the first to manufacture polyurethane mattresses, foam crib mattresses and dual-firmness mattresses from its home base in Atlanta, Georgia.
“We’ve been a part of the Atlanta community for 65 years,” Wolkin said. “Through our mask-making efforts, we’re honored to give back to the community that has given us so much in a small way. “
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About Colgate Mattress
Founded in 1955, Colgate Mattress is a third-generation family-owned business with a 65-year heritage of manufacturing premium crib mattresses. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company creates the largest selection of foam and innerspring crib mattresses, foam mattress pads and crib accessories. Colgate products are GREENGUARD™ Gold certified, nontoxic and made in the USA using only the finest internal components available. Colgate Mattress is proud to be among the first members of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), an organization dedicated to enhancing child product safety. Among many other industry recognitions, Colgate Mattress was named a 2018 JPMA Innovation Award Winner and recently received the 2019 Baby & Children’s Product News Readers Favorite Award, 2019 Eco Excellence Award and 2019 Cribsie New Arrival Award.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.