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H&V Partners with Midwest Textiles to Sell Ready-to-Sew Face Mask Kits With New Filtration Media

Midwest Textiles and Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V) are collaborating on a new ready-to-sew face mask kit for the general public. The new collaboration between Midwest and H&V offers an improvement to the everyday consumer by adding a layer of Nanoweb® FM to the mask.
     On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance to encourage the general public to wear “cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain” in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, several cities and states have added local mandates requiring residents to wear face coverings in public.
     Nanoweb® FM is new filtration media made by H&V, designed for use in homemade face masks. Importantly, this new media will not negatively affect the supply of respiratory protective equipment required by healthcare workers and other medical first responders. Masks made from the Midwest kits are not surgical masks or filtering facepiece respirators. They are not recommended for use (1) in any surgical setting or where significant exposure to liquid, bodily or other hazardous fluids may be expected; or (2) in a clinical setting where the infection risk level through inhalation exposure is high; or (3) in the presence of a high intensity heat source or flammable gas.
     Consumers can purchase ready-to-sew face mask kits and Nanoweb® FM media for home- made masks at www.sitnsewfabrics.com. One kit containing 4 masks will cost $24.95, and it is estimated to take 15 minutes to sew and assemble each mask.
     For wholesale opportunities and businesses interested in purchasing roll goods of Nanoweb® FM, please visit www.midwesttextiles.com or call (800) 570- 5040.
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