Donation to provide critical PPE for district’s special education teachers and nurses
SPARTANBURG, SC —Milliken & Company donated more than 23,000 reusable fabric gowns to Richland County School District One in Columbia, SC. The donation helps to address the need for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) as schools return to in-person learning.
“Teachers across the country continue to face some of the most challenging situations in response to the pandemic. Our hope is that this gown donation helps Richland One teachers feel empowered and, most importantly, safe while they work to educate our community’s children,” said Chad McAllister, executive vice president of Milliken & Company and president of the Textile Division.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires that school nurses and special education teachers have access to gowns. The DHEC-approved gowns will be distributed to schools and offices throughout Richland One, although special education teachers and nurses will be given priority.
”Richland One would like to thank Milliken for its generous donation,” said Eunice Jones, Richland One’s Coordinator of Nursing Services. “Keeping our students and staff safe is our priority. This donation will allow continued support to our staff by allowing them to have the necessary resources to provide high quality care.”
The donation was possible due to a limited supply of excess inventory of Level 1 PPE gowns at an SC-based Milliken manufacturing facility. In response to the pandemic, the Textile Division at Milliken pivoted their manufacturing process to begin supplementing U.S. demand for PPE, specifically Level 1 PPE gowns. These gowns can be laundered up to 25 times, making them a sustainable alternative to single-use gowns.
The donation to Richland One follows a similar donation to 15 school districts across Upstate South Carolina in October 2020. In total, Milliken has donated more than 46,000 reusable fabric gowns to teachers across South Carolina.
“Positively impacting the communities where our associates live and work is a pillar of Milliken’s value system. Although our footprint spans the globe, knowing these gowns are supporting so many teachers right here in our company’s home state of South Carolina is an amazing feeling,” adds McAllister.
About Milliken & Company Textile Division
Drawing on more than 155 years of award-winning research and development, the Textile Division of American-based Milliken & Company offers a diverse portfolio of technical textiles serving a broad range of global markets, including apparel, automotive and transportation, building and infrastructure, hospitality, industrial, military, specialty interiors, and protective workwear. Focused on enhancing the performance, heightening the protection, and advancing the sustainability of fabrics, Milliken manufactures superior solutions and develops leading innovations that add value to everyday life. We are textile innovators focused on game-changing technologies and materials that impact lives and transform industries. Learn more at textiles.milliken.com.