Proudly serving essential businesses in the medical, freight, tent, and burial industries
Tennessee Webbing Products is proud to be a family-owned small business with an international reach. Like most other states, a “stay at home” order was enacted by the governor of our state, closing all non-essential businesses. While some of our staff are working from home, we still have staff onsite who are shipping webbing orders to the essential businesses we serve. We’re committed to keeping our staff safe while we supply essential businesses around the nation.
Which essential businesses does Tennessee Webbing serve?
We serve many industries that use narrow fabrics and webbing as components in their manufacturing or industrial sewing operation. Some examples of these essential industries that need to keep running so that the national supply chain can also keep moving are:
- Freight industry: truck tarps and tie down webbing and assemblies
- Tent industry: large tents needed for temporary shelters, testing sites, and other medically-related needs
- Medical industry: lifting and transporting devices for patients; medical bags and strap devices for first responders and emergency rooms
- Burial services: webbing used in cadaver pouches and lowering caskets
Webbing for the Medical Industry
When it comes to the medical industry, several of our customers are ramping up their production to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tsuga, a textile engineer company operating in Boone, NC, manufactures canopies, beach shelters, and other outdoor equipment. They’ve been making ready-to-use hospital grade masks and mask assembly kits.
Another North Carolina based business, Misty Mountain, is making cloth masks. They typically produce climbing equipment but wanted to find a direct way to help the medical community. You can read more about Tsuga and Misty Mountain’s important efforts here.
Critical Products for Patient Evacuation and Transport
With many medical facilities filled to capacity, hospitals are looking for ways to expand their surge capacity. Plus, many temporary hospitals are springing up and looking for ways to accommodate overflow patients. Tennessee Webbing customer Evacusled, based in Toronto, is answering the call to increase production for their patient evacuation and transport devices.
We spoke with Miriam Gordon, President of Evacusled, on their efforts during the pandemic. She said they began seeing an uptick in production in late December. As hospitals planned where to put patients if they ran out of beds, they looked to Evacusled’s best-selling Sled2Go™ which is not bed mattress dependent.
In addition to providing patient beds for surge capacity, during peak capacity times at hospitals there is sometimes a need to quickly move patients from one facility to another. Unlike traditional products, the Sled2Go™ has built-in foam padding and spinal board as well as an underside wheel system. And, because of its innovative design, it can be operated by just one caregiver without needing a team of people to carry one patient.
The Sled2Go™ was designed for and by end users. This product uses color-coded webbing that caregivers instantly understand how to use without the need for complicated instructions or training. The foam, spinal board, and wheels make it safe for patients. Plus, they are now making an easy tote bag that this sled fits in for easy carry and go.
The key to the Sled2Go™ product’s success is the color-coordinated webbing straps. With our increased need for production, we were able to quickly order the webbing we needed from Tennessee Webbing and keep our operation going. -Miriam Gordon, President of Evacusled Inc.
Evacusled makes several patient evacuation and transport products. We’ve included some of these in the gallery below.
Safety International Bags & Straps Supply First Responders and Emergency Rooms
Another Tennessee Webbing customer increasing production during COVID-19 is Safety International Bags & Straps. They supply various types of bags and straps for first responders and emergency room staff. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve also been supplying temporary hospitals that are being setup in convention centers.
A familiar name is at the helm of Safety International: former Tennessee Webbing account executive Michael McGlothren. We enjoyed catching up with him to see how his company is responding to the needs of medical professionals during this time.
At Safety International we rely on the best high-quality webbing, as it is a key component in each bag and strap manufacture. In the midst of this pandemic, we have been humbled by the opportunity to manufacture and ship hundreds of bags for Common Cents EMS Supply straight to New York and other highly infected areas. It is a blessing to provide these responders with reliable gear they can count on as they risk their lives to save the lives of others. -Michael McGlothren, President of Safety International Bags & Straps
Safety International manufactures many type of bags and straps. We’ve included some of these in the photo gallery below. Feel free to email them for additional information.
Truck Tarp Business Going Strong
Truck drivers might never be more appreciated than now. You’ve heard the old adage, “just about everything you own came on a truck.” This is true in the B2B market as well. This is where you can really see the individual pieces of the supply chain come together just for one truck delivery to happen. Most of our tarp customers are essential because they are providing covering and tie-down products for trucks to transport steel, lumber, and agricultural products.
⇒While we continue to focus on the safety and health of our staff, we are reminded of the impact we make, and that we can all make, on essential businesses during this challenging time. Let us know how we can help your business keep moving during this time by calling 1-800-390-4894 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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