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Veteran-Owned, Greer Company Producing High-Quality Masks for Upstate and Beyond
GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – An upstate company is creating thousands of laboratory certified masks each day, pushing to stay ahead of any future PPE shortages. In fact, they’ve already made over 1.5 million of them. People with Advanced Testing Instruments or ATI formed a subsidiary called Carolina Facemask and PPE.
Ryan Gehricke is just one of the many hands behind the masks being made within the walls of Advanced Testing Instruments. A company known for selling textile testing instruments, quickly shifted gears to fill a growing demand.
“What we started realizing was that most of our customers were larger businesses that had a complete necessity to provide masks to their employees,” said COO of Carolina Facemask & PPE, Rick Gehricke.
In fact, one of their employees was on the frontline of it all. She previously worked at a hospital and saw the shortage firsthand.
“I was a tech, we had to wear the same mask for hours at a time,” said Quality Control Worker with Advanced Testing Instruments, Jo Davis.
They had the materials and means to help at ATI.
“We become sort of a one-stop shop for mask production, whether it be the testing of the materials going into the masks, the producing of the masks themselves or supplying any of the needed materials required to complete the finished masks,” Gehricke told 7 News.