Brother International donates industrial sewing machines to manufacturers making masks

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, businesses are finding all sorts of ways to contribute to the fight against the disease. One of them, Bridgewater-based Brother International Corp., announced Wednesday that it is donating as many as 100 industrial sewing machines to companies making face masks to help them meet the growing demand for personal protective equipment.

Brother is donating the machines to a coalition of American apparel brands and textile companies — including Los Angeles Apparel, Beverly Knits Inc. and SanMar — as well as a separate donation to Brooks Brothers.

A Brother spokesperson said the donation is valued at $120,000 or more, including the transportation of the machines to the recipients around the country.

“Brother remains committed to aiding our communities during these challenging times,” President Don Cummins said in a prepared statement. “Given the severe and growing shortage of personal protective equipment, Brother is proud to donate our products to support these stalwart manufacturers with their efforts in making masks for our front line workers.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended all people wear face masks in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and some municipalities have mandated them.

The spokesperson said Brother is interested in discussions with any manufacturers looking for equipment to ramp up production of masks and other PPE, whether inside New Jersey or elsewhere. The spokesperson said the company is currently evaluating future partnerships and donations, based on need.

The company, a unit of Brother Industries Ltd., is a maker of home office and business products, as well as home appliances for sewing and crafting, and more.

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