OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — Kitsbow Cycling Apparel told its employees after moving from California that job duties constantly would evolve to reflect an ever-changing product line.
Three months and one pandemic later, have they ever.
On Thursday, Kitsbow made plans to make personal protective equipment to help first-responders and medical staff deal with COVID-19. Instead of jerseys and shorts, Kitsbow is now fabricating face shields and face masks.
“We never expected to make PPE, but there are a lot of things that none of us ever expected about the current state of affairs,” CEO David Billstrom told BRAIN. “I’m proud of how resilient and flexible our crew is.”
They aren’t alone. Other cycling manufacturers are hearing the call during extraordinary times. Industry Nine, located nearby in Asheville, is making its dozens of CNC machines available to fabricate ventilator components and personal protective equipment.
“We’re reaching out to our contact network to find ways to support these industries in need,” the company wrote in a Facebook post. “But we’re now calling on our dedicated followers to help us connect with other manufacturers or supplies.”
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