GRANVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — While the coronavirus sweeps the state, Telescope Casual Furniture has the tools and resources to begin production on personal protective equipment such as masks and gowns.
This company has a one million square foot facility just one hour from Albany. They have 33 sewing machines that could produce thousands of face masks per week.
Kathy Juckett says for the last couple of weeks, they contacted county, state, and federal officials to try to get approved to begin producing protective equipment and pop-up hospital rooms.
We have been trying to help for three weeks, since this pandemic got to a scary point. And when Trump administered the 14-day, ‘stay at home as much as you can’ order, that’s when this all started for us.Marketing Manager, Kait Warren
As an outdoor furniture manufacturer, they are considered a non-essential business. However, they’re an incredibly important resource during this pandemic. They need Gov. Cuomo to deem their business as essential so they can get to work. Members of Telescope say they want to help protect and serve our nurses, doctors, and other medical staff.
Kait Warren says Telescope is not just an outdoor furniture manufacturer. They have remained true to their roots over 117 years by not only producing in the U.S., but sourcing raw materials from the U.S. as well.
Telescope has its own machine shop and makes a regular practice of building their own machinery. They also have five CNC Routers, five CNC mills, two CNC lathes, two injection molders, and a huge metal fabrication shop. Telescope received a sample roll of fabric from Hollingsworth and Vose to develop a new gown fabric.
“We make masks and gowns—as long as we could get a resource for the proper materials to use—we could be up and running with that tomorrow.”Kait Warren
A family-owned company, Telescope has stressed to all employees that no one will be required to return to work until New York lifts closures and restrictions. However, out of their 246 employees, over 150 have volunteered to produce materials to help aid the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Telescope has reached out to Governor Cuomo’s office, filled out the necessary forms, placed numerous calls, and written endless emails. However, they have still not received the OK to start production.
I know they’re probably looking at our application, going, ‘Yeah, they make furniture what are they gonna do for us?’ But we do so much more than make furniture.Katy Juckett
Governor Cuomo is also calling on any business that can help manufacture personal protective equipment such as gowns, masks, or face shields. He says the state will pay for funding to convert the spaces if need be.
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