Wrangler parent company to produce hospital gowns

by Brian Lipton

Kontoor Brands. a global lifestyle apparel company with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most consumer denim brands, Wrangler and Lee, has announced that it has begun producing approximately 50,000 Level 1 patient gowns and 10,000 disposable isolation gowns for clinicians to assist a variety of North Carolina-based hospitals that are dealing with the influx of patients as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The gowns will be produced by Kontoor at its owned and operated manufacturing facilities. The patient gown fabric has been donated by Copen United Limited and Cotswold Industries, Inc., and will feature zippers from YKK Inc. and disposable protective fabric from Precision Fabrics Group, Inc.

In addition to the production of patient gowns, Kontoor is making a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to provide assistance to those in the area who are in need as a result of school closures and job disruptions.  

“In times like these, it’s important that we all rise to the occasion and redirect our efforts to help solve critical issues that have resulted from the spread of COVID-19,” said Scott Baxter, president and CEO of Kontoor Brands. “By producing gowns, we hope to help provide hospitals with the much-needed equipment to fight this virus. Moreover, we will continue to look for ways we can help our communities and the people most affected by this crisis.”

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