BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — One local company has turned their warehouse into a face mask factory within just a few days and is already seeing some success.
Martz Technologies has turned their warehouse in Briar Creek into a face mask factory using X-Static antimicrobial fabric from Noble Biomaterials Inc. in Scranton.
The decision to switch gears came after workers at a nearby Dunkin’ asked the president of the company, Gregory Martz, for a face mask. Martz decided to make more for the community.
“We had the idea at 9:00 on Saturday morning and by 9:00 on Monday morning, we had full e-commerce and the factory was set up and we were producing products,” Martz told Eyewitness News.
Martz contacted Boble Biomaterials in Scranton about providing the X-Static anti-microbial fabric, which is specifically designed to resist bacterial growth and the mask production has been growing since.
“We had to set up a cutting area, we had to set up a fabricating area, and then we set up sewing machines and we had to keep everybody six feet apart. Every two hours we stop and sanitize the entire area, everybody sanitizes their hands, everybody is wearing masks, so it’s all very clean,” Martz said.
To meet the growing demand, production has increased to nearly 1,000 masks a day. Martz is now asking for the community’s help and is willing to pay well for it.
“The idea came to us that let’s engage the community, we so put a plea out to the community that if you can sew and you’d like to make money, we will hire you,” said Martz.
Martz, which typically has a staff between 25 and 30 people has already created 100 new jobs for people that pick up the materials at Berwick and sew masks from the comfort of their own homes.
Depending on the number of masks you sew at your home, you could make anywhere from $12 to $17 per hour.
For anyone wanting to help, all you need is a sewing machine at your home. Then you just have to come to Berwick to pick up your sewing kit.
“This is not about making money, it’s about blessing the community. We want to bless the community with jobs. We believe there is dignity in work,” Martz said.
Martz Technologies has set a goal of reaching one million masks made. Each mask is being sold for $10 with 20 percent of all profits being returned back to the community.