Duvaltex, a producer of medical and technical textiles, is ramping up production at its facility in Guilford to offer gowns and antimicrobial scrub textiles to front-line healthcare workers and their patients in the United States.

"Our U.S. teams, based in Maine and Michigan, have been developing and manufacturing medical textiles and products for the healthcare industry for more than 20 years and are ready to meet the increasing demand for personal protective equipment," Alain Duval, the company's chief executive officer, said in a news release. "We are especially proud of the durability of our textiles, which can be washed and reused over 100 times. Each lot is tested to meet the highest quality and traceability standards and ensure they are defect-free."

Duvaltex’s engineered fabrics are woven to make medical and hospital gowns as well as laboratory and protective clothing. Its antimicrobial scrub fabric is used to make scrub shirts, tops, tunics, jackets, pants and uniforms, and can be washed and reused multiple times.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Duvaltex has produced millions of yards of medical textiles in record time to meet major government contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) and support healthcare institutions. Employees at the company’s facilities and offices in Guilford, Grand Rapids, Mich., New York City, and Elkin, North Carolina, as well as companies in its U.S. supply chain, have played a key role in this major effort alongside Duvaltex teams located in Canada.

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect people and limit the spread of viruses, such as COVID-19, Duvaltex recently launched a highly innovative, non-medical protective face mask.

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