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

by Lydia Anaka Lydia Anaka

From Marine to Medical, SeaCanvas Converts Cutting Room

 

Egg Harbor Township, NJ – Eastman Machine customer, SeaCanvas, is starting its 20th year in business manufacturing PPE for COVID-19 relief efforts. Taking a break from manufacturing award winning custom marine canvas, SeaCanvas has already donated hundreds of face shields for first responders in the surrounding New Jersey communities.

Police, fire fighters and school employees preparing meals for students are among the first responders across Atlantic and Cape May Counties to have received SeaCanvas face shields. “Tough times for our nation so we thought we could help out a bit,” says Carl Pellegrini, SeaCanvas Owner.

Five years ago, Carl decided to upgrade the SeaCanvas cutting room and invested in an Eagle S125 Static System. He said he was hesitant at first but automation has increased efficiency and accuracy for SeaCanvas and, “is really a perfect fit.” Cutting high quality industrial marine fabric by hand, was now a thing of the past.

The Eagle S125 has proven itself as the go-to resource for many industries as it has capabilities of cutting, marking and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of nearly 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/second). “The accuracy of every cut is spot on,” says Carl. SeaCanvas cuts a variety of industrial fabric on their machine, including .080 acrylic plastic and .040 sheet vinyl.

Just like any Eastman cutting system, the S125 is completely customizable based on the customer’s application and demands. A variety of system widths and lengths and tool head accessories are available to ensure your machine is maximizing productivity.

Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for over 130 years and is proud to be a part of SeaCanvas’s fabrication of much needed PPE during this crisis. “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. “All of us at Eastman are an important part of this fight.”

The Eagle S125 Static Table, 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.

Both Eastman Machine Company and SeaCanvas are longtime IFAI members.

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Buffalo Connection Strengthens Efforts for Healthcare in Utah

Respected brands DPS Skis, Eastman Machine, Goal Zero & Petzl combine resources to help combat COVID-19

   

Buffalo, New York – April 9, 2020 – DPS Skis, Eastman Machine Company, Goal Zero and Petzl have joined forces to manufacture medical-grade reusable polycarbonate face shields for the Utah Department of Health. The combined efforts and resources of the four highly-respected brands has resulted in the expeditious manufacturing of key Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Our entire team is proud to be contributing to the nationwide effort of PPE production and are humbled by the enthusiastic support of key partners – Goal Zero, Petzl, and Eastman Machine Company – that are helping make this possible. With a 15 year history of rapid prototype-to-production manufacturing, we are in a unique situation to convert a major portion of our operations to produce protective medical face shields,” said Alex Adema, DPS President and CEO. “We are inspired by the healthcare workers who dedicate their lives to helping others. Their selfless sacrifices deserve recognition as they continue to mitigate the risk of COVID-19’s spread. We are humbled to have found ourselves in a position to mobilize this project with the passionate, soulful team at DPS and our amazing partners.”

Production of the face shields has commenced at DPS Skis’ Salt Lake City factory, with the first shipment of shields expected to be delivered in the coming weeks to Utah’s medical community. The four brands have come together in a unique way to make this possible, with tooling donated by Eastman, raw materials purchased by Goal Zero and by utilizing retrofitted Petzl headlamp headbands.

DPS Skis has been a customer of Eastman Machine for more than a decade. The world-renowned ski company cuts pre-impregnated carbon fiber and base material with a CNC system manufactured at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters. Eastman’s customer network reaches well beyond the Washington Street facility and the story with DPS is one of many with hometown ties to Buffalo. “The first thing I noticed was the large Eastman machine that we use to cut our ski base material. I was so floored, it honestly made me emotional to see that,” recalls Alex Adema from his first day at DPS Skis in 2015. Alex Adema grew up ski racing in Ellicottville, earned an Executive MBA from the University at Buffalo, participated in the Leadership Buffalo program and was the Director of Finance and Operations for LaunchNY before relocating to Salt Lake City. “I can’t tell you what a deep love our family has for our Buffalo roots. It’s cliche, but it is simply the best kept secret in America, as you know.”

Cutting flexible technical textiles is often the first phase of manufacturing in the now critical production of masks, hospital bedding, gowns, curtains, gloves, medical wipes, laboratory coats and other PPE. Eastman has been fielding calls from customers around the globe who traditionally cut flexible materials for applications as varied as race car bodies, window blinds and spa covers who are now transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential: health care, utility, military and law enforcement, transportation, safety and sanitation, agriculture and construction.

“All of us at Eastman are an important part of this fight,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus.”

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in short supply and necessary in keeping medical workers protected as they test and treat those affected by the virus.

 

For more information, please visit the respective brand websites below.

About DPS Skis

Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah, DPS designs the world’s most advanced ski products by fusing space age carbon technology with groundbreaking shapes. DPS is responsible for the world’s first and only pure pre-pregnated carbon fiber sandwich ski, the first 120mm-waisted powder pintail, the first rockered ski with sidecut, the Spoon – a convex three-dimensional shoveled ski with radical edge bevel and PHANTOM, a paradigm-shifting permanent, one time application base-coating that forever eliminates the need for waxing skis and snowboards. DPS products are sold on five continents and are the trusted brand of choice for serious skiers worldwide. For more information visit www.dpsskis.com or call +1.801.413.1737.

About Eastman Machine Company

Eastman has been manufacturing manually-operated cutting machines, automated (CNC) cutting systems, CAD/CAM software programs and material handling equipment in Buffalo, New York since 1888. Over a century ago Eastman introduced the world’s first electric fabric cutting machine which revolutionized the textile industry in the process. Today, the family-owned, small-cap manufacturer is a trusted supplier to global businesses that require manual or automatic cutting of flexible materials. Our promise to craft reliable, quality, American-made solutions means that every Eastman machine is guaranteed to perform. For more information visit www.eastmancuts.com or call +1-716-856-2200.

About Goal Zero

Goal Zero is the industry leader in sustainable, portable power. From emergency outages to camping to off-grid projects and events, our solar panels, power banks, power stations, and accessories give you the power to keep your gear charged through any situation. We were born out of the desire to empower people everywhere, and as an NRG company we’re working to change the way people think about and use power by pioneering the development of smarter energy choices. Power. Anything. Anywhere. For more information, visit www.GoalZero.com.

About Petzl

For over 40 years, Petzl has developed innovative tools and techniques used by those who work and play in the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing, caving, and alpinism. In the professional market, Petzl is a world leader in work-at-height, fire and rescue, and tactical equipment and techniques. A family-owned business, Petzl is committed not only to quality and innovation, but also to giving back to the communities that have made us so successful. For more information, visit www.petzl.com.

Media Contacts

DPS Skis | Alex Hunt | alex.hunt@dpsskis.com

Eastman | Elizabeth McGruder | EMcGruder@eastmancuts.com

Goal Zero | Clay Blackham | clay@methodcommunications.com

Petzl | Pat Light | plight@petzl.com

 

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Customers unite to offer contract cutting resources

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Machine announced today that its exclusive Matchmaker program is connecting facilities manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) with more than a dozen customers who offer automatic, CNC (computer-controlled) cutting services. The Matchmaker program has successfully linked organizations throughout the U.S. and U.K. for several decades from Eastman’s website.

Thousands of manufacturers use automatic and manual cutting machines to cut flexible materials used in products as varied as skis, gymnastics mats, window blinds, awnings and race cars. Over the last few weeks, these same manufacturers have been transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19: health care, military, safety and sanitation.

The Matchmaker program aims to connect experienced Eastman cutting system facilities with those who are seeking production support and other services such as, but not limited to:

  • Pattern design
  • Prototyping
  • High-speed automatic cutting
  • Sewing
  • Kit assembly
  • Packaging

Participating Eastman Matchmaker companies are listed on: https://www.eastmancuts.com/match-maker/

We are proud to identify the businesses who open with special operations and capabilities during COVID-19 with a red and white cross icon. Please contact each facility directly for specific capabilities and quoting.

Eastman has been manufacturing manually-operated cutting machines, automated CNC cutting systems, CAD/CAM software programs and material handling equipment in Buffalo since 1888. For those who may need assistance or additional capacity to meet the sudden increase in PPE manufacturing, the dedicated experts at Eastman Machine are ready to help. Please call +1-716-856-2200 or head to www.eastmancuts.com.

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Converting cut and sew for COVID-19

This month, New York State recognized Eastman’s Buffalo manufactured products and services as ‘essential’ in the growing demand for PPE around the world. A 130-year old manufacturer of cutting machines, fully automated cutting systems and material handling equipment, the company is receiving calls from current customers converting operations to new materials and products on short notice as well as incoming inquiries from concerned citizens who want to be a part of the support efforts.

Please visit Eastman’s medical industry resources  page to complete the contact form if you require assistance converting your existing machine for different materials, patterns or need additional tools to complete new jobs. Eastman’s team of applications specialists are available to provide guidance on appropriate machine configurations or simple changes to existing operations to meet new material requirements.

Eastman is also connecting existing customers with those seeking contract cutting resources through our Matchmaker program. If you have services to offer and would like special notes added to your listing, please fill out the contact form or email today.

by Lydia Anaka Lydia Anaka

Eastman Continues Operation to Aid in COVID-19 Crisis

Eastman Assistance

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of handheld cutting machines, automated cutting systems, spreading and material handling systems, has been granted a waiver of continued operation by New York State. NYS recognized Eastman’s ability to provide essential services, valuable work and products to those who are being asked by Governor Cuomo and President Trump to manufacture bulk medical supplies.

Beyond the machines manufactured at Eastman, the company supplies a worldwide customer network with critical parts, technical service and remote support from its headquarters in Buffalo, NY. As a trusted supplier to both small and large companies, Eastman machines are in high-demand during this unanticipated ‘war’ against COVID-19. The company is proud to manufacture the technology that leading American apparel and textile manufacturers are using as they align forces to respond to the national emergency.

Eastman offers the widest variety of industrial fabrics cutting solutions, both manually-operated and fully automated, CNC cutting systems for materials that must meet performance regulations related to bacterial filtration, resistance to penetration from microorganisms, body fluids, and other contaminants from one person to another.

Cutting flexible technical textiles is often the first phase of manufacturing in the now critical production of masks, hospital bedding, gowns, curtains, gloves, first aid items, medical wipes, laboratory coats and other PPE. Eastman has been fielding calls from current customers around the globe who traditionally cut flexible materials for applications as varied as skis, window blinds and spa covers who are now transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential: health care, utility, military and law enforcement, transportation, safety and sanitation, agriculture and construction.

“All of us at Eastman are an important part of this fight,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine President and CEO. “I am thankful for our employees and customers who continue to do their part to help America beat this virus.”

For those who may need support or additional capacity to meet the sudden increase in PPE manufacturing, the dedicated experts at Eastman Machine are ready to assist. Please call +1-716-856-2200 or head to www.eastmancuts.com.

by Lydia Anaka Lydia Anaka

Quality Is Why Factory Five Continues to Choose Eastman

Factory Five

Wareham, MA – Factory Five Racing, American manufacturer of component car kits, has been an Eastman customer for the past 17 years. Using Eastman cutting systems and software, Factory Five constructs unique Made in USA build-it-yourself car kits.

After 13 years of daily use, the Factory Five team decided it was time to advance their cutting room from analog to digital and swap their “trusty” Eastman M9000 for an Eagle S125. The new system came equipped with improved performance, stability and security, allowing Factory Five to continue fast and accurate trimming of fiberglass, carpet and Kevlar.

The Eagle S125 has proven itself as the go-to resource for many industries as it has capabilities of cutting, marking and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of nearly 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/second). For Factory Five, CNC-based manufacturing with an Eastman system has “reduced the cost of manufacturing while improving the accuracy, strength and finish” of its product.

Just like any Eastman cutting system, the S125 is completely customizable based on the customer’s application and demands. A variety of system widths and lengths and tool head accessories are available to ensure your machine is maximizing productivity.

Eastman Machine Company has been manufacturing American made cutting solutions for over 130 years and is proud to be contributing to further American production of goods with Factory Five. The Eagle S125 Static Table, along with hundreds of other cutting solutions, is proudly designed and manufactured at Eastman Machine Company’s headquarters in Buffalo, New York.

Eastman will host demonstrations during CAMX 2020, September 21-24 in booth S13. 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.

by Liz McGruder Liz McGruder

Hornet Rotary Shear Adds Power and Speed to Cordless Cutting

Hornet

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Eastman proudly announces the 2020 release of the Hornet, a cordless, professional-grade rotary shear that will buzz through material while giving the user complete control and maneuverability.

The Hornet, a 4 pound (1.8 kg) rechargeable shear, boasts a powerful, high torque motor with variable speed settings of 10,000 RPM, 17,500 RPM and 25,000 RPM. Standard to the tool is a semi-square blade, with maximum blade speed of 8,400 RPM and cutting capacity of up to 0.38 in (0.96 cm) thick material. Other blade options include a circular blade, perfect for tighter-knit material, or an octagon blade, ideal for tough-to-cut material as its unique shape offers high cutting power. The Hornet comes equipped with two 20V (4ah) lithium-ion batteries with a recharge time of one hour per battery. Optional features include a ball tip, to guide open material without snagging, a pelican head, to scoop lofted goods through the blade, or a pressure foot, to support material on both sides of the blade during the cutting process. Each option plays a specific role so the user can completely customize their machine and cut anything from prepreg carbon to silk without binding or tearing. No matter the industry, if cutting material by hand is a part of your daily operation, the Hornet will become a staple in your toolbox.

The Hornet rotary shear is proudly engineered at Eastman’s Buffalo, New York headquarters along with hundreds of other solutions for the cutting room.Eastman Machine Company plans to display the Hornet at the upcoming ISA Sign Expo (Orlando, Florida) on August 23-25, 2020 in booth 5335. 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.