Canada Goose ramping up PPE production which could reach 1.5 million gowns for health care workers
Outdoor apparel company Canada Goose has ratcheted up its domestic production of personal protective equipment to be used by frontline health care workers across Canada.
The company, founded in a small warehouse in Toronto, was established in 1957. It is best known for its super-warm and pricey winter parkas. But they switched over their production to PPE last week to manufacture and donate 14,000 units of gowns and scrubs at no charge. Now, the company has announced an even greater effort is about to begin by reopening all eight of its Canadian facilities.
Gowns made by Canada Goose for Canadian health care workers
"These unprecedented times call for decisive, collective action and now is the time for Canada to invest in Made-in-Canada solutions," said Dani Reiss, president and CEO, Canada Goose. "With one of the largest Canadian apparel manufacturing infrastructures in the country, we are uniquely positioned to re-tool our facilities and refocus our teams to produce a variety of personal protective equipment – and we are prepared to leverage all of our resources to do what's right for our country."
Canada Goose is at full capacity employing 900 people to fulfill at least 60,000 gowns per week, under contract to the federal government, with plans to deliver up to 1.5 million, at cost.
According to a company press release, any “unintentional profits, potentially derived from efficiencies, will be donated to national COVID-19 relief funds.
All facilities will follow recommended social distancing protocols and safety regulations to ensure a safe work environment for employees