by Auriette LindseyTuesday, April 14th 2020AA
ATMORE, Ala. (WEAR-TV) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced during a news conference Tuesday that the state would be receiving 35,000 hospital gowns, saying, “Those are very much in need.”
One Pensacola health care group is receiving more gowns thanks to a company close to home.
Muskogee Technology, a company owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has shifted production to make hospital gowns at their facility in Atmore.
They delivered the first batch of gowns to Baptist Health Care on Monday.
Baptist CEO and President Mark Faulkner said, “COVID-19 has changed the health care landscape and as we work to provide care to our patients and others we serve, we are grateful this local company can partner with us in this way.”
Westly L. Woodruff is the President and CEO of Muskogee Technology. As soon as he heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), he reached out to the Food and Drug Administration to find out how his company could fill the need.
Woodruff said, “Muskogee Technology is always looking for new paths to help. We are honored to serve and do what we can during this pandemic. I am proud we have the agility to refocus our equipment, workforce, and other vital resources critically needed to assist our healthcare communities during these trying times.”
In addition to meeting a critical need, the transition ensures that the company is able to keep all 77 employees on the payroll.
According to the company website, Muskogee Technology is an award-winning company that produces a variety of products for defense, oil and gas, and aerospace industries.
The company is owned by the Creek Indian Economic Development Authority, the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama.