HNI producing and donating PPE to first responders, front line health care workers

To support local health care providers on the front lines, HNI is producing and donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to first responders, healthcare systems, and hospitals.

The company is utilizing factories in Iowa, New York, and North Carolina to meet local needs, such as:

Manufacture of washable masks to support the rapid increase in demand for cloth face coverings recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and to save critical surgical masks and N-95 respirators for healthcare workers and other medical first responders

Manufacture of washable mask covers, which fit over and extend the useful life of scarce N95 respirators

Manufacture of protective gowns (both washable and disposable), for use in hospitals that are facing unprecedented levels of protective gown usage and limited ability to acquire more

Loans of equipment processing time to support local vendors’ PPE efforts. Those applications include cutting materials for acrylic face shields and sewing elastic onto dormant N95 respirators, enabling the latter to be put into immediate use

HNI follows the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to ensure the safest possible working environment for our members as they produce these materials. HNI remains open for business where we can ensure compliance with local, state, and federal mandates.

HNI Corporation HNI Corporation is a NYSE traded company (ticker symbol: HNI) providing products and solutions for the home and workplace environments. HNI Corporation is a leading global office furniture manufacturer and is the nation’s leading manufacturer of hearth products. The Corporation’s strong brands have leading positions in their markets. More information can be found on the Corporation’s website at

This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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