During the coming weeks, Corsicana Mattress Co. will produce and sell, at cost, up to 70,000 face masks per week at its manufacturing facilities to help fill demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dallas-based mattress maker said the masks will be sold directly to consumers, as well as to resellers.
Initially, the masks are to be produced at the Corsicana, Texas, facility, but there is capacity to expand mask production at its plants in six other states.
“We’ve seen the stories of price gouging with masks and other supplies, and realized we could produce masks at a fraction of the costs we’ve seen,” said James Booth, Corsicana chief operating officer. “Today’s health care crisis is unprecedented, and we are committed to helping our fellow citizens remain safe during this pandemic. We’re honored to be able to unite our factories and come together to help our local communities across the United States. We thank our dedicated staff, essential workers and healthcare officials who continue to fight for us every day during this difficult time.”
There are two mask styles. One uses cotton and nonwoven materials, the other is made with a black polyester blend fabric. The fabrics are used in the company’s mattress production.
Corsicana has nine factories located across the U.S. in its home state of Texas, Arizona, Washington, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Connecticut. To keep its employees safe, the factories have implemented additional safety measures including staggered work shifts, distanced workspaces and increased cleaning throughout the facilities.
The company plans to begin manufacturing medical-grade mattresses in the coming weeks to help fill the growing demand.