Old Fort manufacturer shifts to making face shields, masks for first responders

  • Source: Hickory Daily Record
  • Published: 03/25/2020 03:13 AM

One of McDowell County’s newest and most innovative manufacturers is pivoting its production to make protective equipment that will be used by first responders during the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Kitsbow, a leading manufacturer of cycling apparel and accessories, moved its operations from the San Francisco bay area to Old Fort and created new jobs here. Using materials from all over the world, Kitsbow makes jerseys, jackets, hoodies, shorts, gloves, socks, ankle and knee warmers, caps and water bottles for cycling enthusiasts. But with the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Kitsbow has changed its production to make personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be used by first responders. The company is now making both reusable masks and face shields for paramedics and health care workers.


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