Over 1,500 fabric masks were hand cut and sewn in the Marietta facility just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation was announced. What began as co-workers trying to support each other until the company’s mask shipment arrived, turned out to be a great contribution to cause. These masks were produced in the same shops that build cargo bay linings for C-130s.
(Left) Over 1,500 fabric masks are now being produced in the same facility as C-130s. (Right) Randy Mobley, operations engineer in Marietta, Georgia, models one of the 1,500+ fabric masks built in the C-130 facility.
Our subsidiary companies are also pitching in. Derco Vice President of Finance and avid sewer Amy Skaar worked closely with Derco Engineer Adam Anderson to use 3D printers to print a small tool to help make sewing straps for face masks at home even faster. One day while browsing the internet, Amy came across a Facebook group, "The Masked Sewists for Southeastern Wisconsin." This group identifies local facilities in need of face masks and, with nearly 22,000 masks being requested, depends on members in the group to assist with this big task. For Amy, it was a no-brainer to pull out one of her four sewing machines to help them reach their goal. Using one yard of fabric, Amy can sew 12 masks in 90 minutes. Once complete, she delivers them to a drop off location where they get distributed local to medical facilities.
(Left) Amy Skaar sews face masks in her home in support of local medical facility needs. (Right) Amy Skaar worked closely with Derco Engineer Adam Anderson to utilize 3D printers to print a small tool to help make sewing straps for face masks at home even faster.
Meanwhile, Corey McBride, Derco Director of Engineering, had the same thought in mind. When Corey’s friend asked for help with making face masks, he immediately agreed as he reflected on his family and friends working in aviation, farming/food production and the health care industry. While his schedule is normally filled with work, robotics and travel, Corey took advantage of the down time to produce more face masks. Contrary to Amy, Corey hadn't sewn since high school. Still, he was determined to join forces and a YouTube tutorial video did the trick! In just a day, Corey had sewn 20 masks. While the first mask took an hour, he's gotten the process down to about 15 minutes per mask.