OZAUKEE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Rebel Converting, a Saukville-based company that makes hospital-grade wipes, has figured out a way to convert the fabric they use into masks desperately needed by local communities.
They are asking for help from Wisconsin manufacturers to assist with assembling 1 million masks for the effort.
So far, Allen Edmonds and Harken are both on board. But they need more manpower, according to a news release.
The owner's son, a recent physics grad from University of Miami, also discovered a way to make the masks twice as effective by electrostaically charging them at high voltage to increase filtration.
The masks exceed the standards for most common medical settings. (They fall short of N95 hazmat quality and should not be used by personnel who are swabbing patients for coronavirus testing).
They are donating the manpower and the materials to make mask kits but need additional Wisconsin manufacturers to step up and help with assembly.
To volunteer, visit the company's website at https://www.rebelconverting.com/
Finished masks will going to
- Children’s Hospital
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- 16th St. Medical Clinic
- UniteMKE/Community Health Workers
- Pastors, community health workers (hospital workers first)