Monterey Mills, Eder Flag team up to make respiratory masks

Posted at 3:29 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 16:29:01-04

MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee companies are teaming up to manufacture must needed respiratory masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, people have been using these respiratory masks to protect themselves. Now, though, medical professionals are facing a shortage of masks. That is why Monterey Mills and Eder Flag are teaming up to fill this need.

Monterey Mills is based out of Janesville, and works to supply knitted fabric that is used in a variety of medical and air-filtration products. Eder Flag, who makes flags, is dedicating a part of their sewing team to help create these masks from Monterey Mills' fabric.

According to a press release, a large regional health system in Wisconsin has made an agreement with the companies to receive 20,000 masks. The City of Milwaukee Health Department has also requested 2,500 masks, which will be donated.

“It’s wonderful to have two companies in the region coming together to fill this need,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Both companies are known for their quality products and I have no doubt these masks will be met with open arms by health care, law enforcement, and anyone working among the general public during these challenging times.”

These masks are designed to be washed and reused. They are also reversible so either side can be against your face in order for the mask to work.

Organizations interested in ordering the masks can call 877-BLANKET (877-252-6538) or visit for more information. However, masks will be made for healthcare professionals, government agencies, and professional services before any other organization.

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