Team Wendy, CLE manufacturer of protective gear for first responders, makes 10,000 masks for local hospitals

Posted at 8:12 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 08:12:38-04

CLEVELAND — Team Wendy, a helmet-making company in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, is switching gears from its daily operations of making protective gear for a range of industries to making masks for local hospitals in the area.

Team Wendy, 17000 St. Clair Avenue, purchased 1,100 yards of plain weave white cotton and 800 yards of twill weave green cotton, in addition to 93 rolls of shoelace material to make 10,000 masks for Cleveland-area healthcare workers.

The company said starting next week, it plans on delivering the masks to University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical System and Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

A group of professional sewers, who usually may stitch a chin strap that holds a helmet made for military, law enforcement and first responders, are using their skills to make cloth masks.

Team Wendy is calling on other businesses to help join the efforts of making masks.

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