by Lydia Anaka Lydia Anaka

Saratoga Horseworks’s Current Mission? Fulfilling The Need for American-Made PPE

Amsterdam, NY – Saratoga Horseworks has halted regular manufacturing of equestrian supplies to assist in local COVID-19 relief. In a matter of days, the company was able to bring PPE designs to life and has since supplied thousands of face shields and isolation gowns to health officials across the country.

“We are shipping about 7,500 gowns per week and have demand for over 30,000 at this time,” said Michael Libertucci, Saratoga Horseworks president. The company’s quick turnaround grabbed the attention of local executives and has been recognized as Montgomery County’s first ever Small Business of the Month.

“We have a great team here at Saratoga Horseworks,” says Libertucci. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they have stepped up (during this crisis).”

Since 1988, Saratoga Horseworks has been producing high-quality, American made consumer products. “We take pride in our made in USA label,” said Libertucci. Not only are the products made in America, but Saratoga Horseworks goes through great lengths to source innovative American-made materials and machinery. “Forget China,” says Libertucci, “buy American.”

For over a decade, Eastman machinery has been a staple in production for Saratoga Horseworks and Custom Sewn Products, the contract manufacturing division of the company. In fact, Libertucci recently purchased a new C125 conveyor to pair with his faithful EC3 conveyor. Using automation, they reduce material waste and increase efficiency he noted. Without the Eastman machinery, Libertucci believes they would not be able to keep up with contract orders.

Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for over 130 years and is honored to be working alongside a fellow Upstate New York manufacturer like Saratoga Horseworks. “It is exciting to see how much PPE in America is coming from our customers,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “I am humbled by the continued effort to supply our citizens.”

Hundreds of cutting solutions are proudly designed and manufactured at Eastman Machine Company’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York. Complimentary test cut evaluations to capture the machine’s speed and recommended configuration are available by contacting the Eastman headquarters at +1-716-856-2200.

 

Watch Video of Saratoga Horseworks PPE Production.

by Lydia Anaka Lydia Anaka

America Knits Called on by Federal Government Amid COVID-19

Swainsboro, Ga – A coalition of nine high-profile American textile manufacturers have joined forces across the country to produce supplies for COVID-19 response efforts. America Knits, Eastman Machine customer, is a member of this powerful alliance and has been contracted by the U.S. government to produce 1.5 million silver- and copper-infused cloth face coverings as well as isolation gowns.

To meet the demand, America Knits quickly hired employees to work a night shift; enabling 20-hour days to manufacture supplies for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. In just a few short days, America Knits employees have become American heroes.

The past five months have been a very exciting and busy time for America Knits. The American cut-and-sew factory held its grand opening in November of 2019, after investing in an Eastman Talon 75x™, system. This launch restored apparel manufacturing in Swainsboro, Georgia for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Eastman Talon 75x™ is engineered to automatically pull stacked material piles from the spreading table to a modular, bristle-block conveyor bed for reciprocating knife cutting patterns. The Talon offers an industrial-strength solution for cutting up to 7.5cm (3 inches) of compressed material goods, allowing America Knits to fabricate thousands of cloth face coverings and gowns a day.

“I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “We all should be proud of our role in this battle.” Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for more than 130 years is honored to be assisting America Knits, and other customers like them, who have retooled to assist in the COVID-19 crisis.

The Eastman Talon 75x™, along with hundreds of other cutting solutions, is proudly designed and manufactured at Eastman Machine Company’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York. Complimentary test cut evaluations to capture the machine’s speed and recommended configuration are available by contacting the Eastman headquarters at +1-716-856-2200.

To learn more about America Knits: www.americaknits.com