We’re the largest buyer of US cotton in the world.
The immediate effect of the pandemic was we saw retail start shutting down. Business essentially evaporated for us. And we had to start shutting down our factories and laying off workers.
Out of the blue, call came in from the White House. They said, “We need masks. Can y’all do it?”
Within 48 hours, we had contacted all of our partners in the supply chain. People that are typically making blue jeans, and underwear, and t-shirts, all of a sudden now were tasked to work together to make face masks and make gowns.
And within two-and-a-half days, we had a commitment for 600 million masks.
Because of this PPE project, there’s thousands of U.S. textile workers back to work.
What Parkdale’s been able to accomplish I think is quite extraordinary.
Parkdale has required money to re-tool their factories to PPE production. Wells Fargo was able to provide them with the credit support they need.
This was a bigger crisis than we could have ever imagined.
We’re American manufacturers. And when we got the call, we answered.