ProTEC-USA, a subsidiary of Troy-based Cadillac Products Inc., a plastics converting leader, has announced the debut of a new, state-of-the-art production work cell to expand and enhance its ability to produce EZDoff medical gowns for health care and other critical industries.
The in-house extrusion, film converting, and gown manufacturing capability offered by Cadillac Products will allow ProTEC-USA to serve as a strategic domestic supply chain partner, delivering high-quality gowns with volume-level pricing.
“COVID-19 exacerbated market demands that were already growing prior to the pandemic,” says Don Lowe, a spokesperson at ProTEC-USA. “This investment from the company in upgrades and enhancements to production lines and equipment will boost our capacity in order to better meet demand.”
The new work cell was completely designed and built in-house. The gowns, available in three color options — blue, yellow, and white — will be available with level one, two, or three compliance based on the depth of protective needs of the user.
EZDoff gowns have several features that benefit the wearer compared to traditional gowns. A perforated rear yoke for safe, easy removal; sleeves with a thumb loop for full arm wrist protection while wearing gloves; apron closure to maintain a cool body temperature while working; and compliance with all AAMI and FDA specifications and requirements.
“EZDoff gowns are designed to not only maintain effectiveness and mitigate potential self-contamination, but also to be mindful of the manner in which the gowns are donned and doffed in sequence with other PPE,” says Lowe. “Without touching the outside surface of the EZDoff gown to remove it, the wearer is protected against consequential contamination.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. supported ProTEC with a State Trade Expansion Program grant, which was used to accelerate its growth in global markets.
“Michigan is grateful to ProTEC-USA for stepping up to meet the demand for critical medical supplies, and we congratulate the company as it launches this new production line,” says Josh Hundt, chief business development officer and executive vice president at the MEDC.