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Making masks for hospitals
Gear Halo, in Sturgeon Industrial Park north of the city, typically makes deodorizing pods used for sprucing up sports equipment.
Now that team sports have all but evaporated, the company has pivoted to produce barrier masks for health-care workers.
It took the company eight days to program its sewing machines, order elastic cord and produce the first masks, which can be worn alone or over a N95 mask as an additional barrier.
The first batch will be donated to the University of Alberta Hospital this week.
National sales manager Peter Konidas said the company is not looking to profit from selling the masks.
"There will be a portion that we will sell but priority will always be given to the hospitals in need," he said.
Local sports company switches gears to make masks during pandemic
EDMONTON -- GearHalo is a local company that makes deodorizer pods for smelly sports gear, but decided to retool its production floor when the pandemic hit.