With COVID-19 rampantly spreading throughout the country, the demand for protective face masks has dramatically increased. There are many local businesses that have taken on the job to provide not only locals but also other businesses in other counties and states, with various kinds of face masks. These businesses include Robinwood Enterprises in Troy, Alandale Industries in Troy, PaperWorks Industries in Mount Gilead, Mount Gilead Cut and Sew, Sew Happy Boutique and Embroidery in Mount Gilead, and Johnny Lamonds hosiery mill in Candor.
Joshua Burris is the operations manager at Robinwood Enterprises in Troy. The company usually produces items such as socks and other knitted products. However, when COVID-19 had reached North Carolina and the CDC began to urge people to wear face masks, the company took it upon themselves to help out the community by producing face masks. These face masks are double-layered, reusable, washable, moisture-wicking, antimicrobial, and can go behind the head or the ears. Although the demand for face masks is rising now, it will decrease as the virus fades out; but Burris states, “There will definitely be some long-term use for them… I think there will still be companies that will buy them from us long term.” They have these face masks for sale in both of their offices located in Troy, and if you want to buy them in bulk you can call the company and pick them up. Robinwood is not only helping locals, but their face masks are also being sold in some grocery stores in Surry County and other locations out of state. The company is interested in getting their masks into some local grocery stores as well. The masks run for $2 for an individual mask or $20 for a dozen masks.
To read the full story see the June 17th edition of Montgomery Herald.