Excelsus Solutions, a Rochester-based printing company, has begun manufacturing and distributing face-covering masks to support local essential businesses. The large-scale printing plant has repurposed equipment and appointed staff to the manufacturing of masks.
The masks have been donated or sold to nursing homes and essential businesses in the Rochester community, company officials said this week.
While not FDA-approved for medical use, the masks that Excelsus Solutions are manufacturing are made with washable cotton fabric and elastic loops, a viable solution for when medical masks are not available, the company said in a statement. The masks are washable, reusable and designed to reduce the spread of germs and discourage face-touching. Excelsus face masks also come in children’s sizing.
“In these trying times, it’s important for our company to play a positive role in supporting our essential businesses and residents in the Rochester community,” said Mark Laniak, president and CEO. “Fortunately we are in a position as a company to repurpose our equipment to make face coverings that can be utilized by essential businesses that need to stay open. Our mission at this time is to supplement the supply of protective equipment to businesses so that the valuable N95 masks can be reserved for the doctors and nurses who are fighting this pandemic from the front lines.”
The commercial printer has donated masks to local law enforcement, as well as nursing homes that are in need of face coverings to protect some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. Excelsus Solutions has donated some 500 masks and plans to continue to ramp up production to fulfill the 2,000 that are on order from various companies.
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