Stories Worth Sharing: ISAIC

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ISAIC, Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center is a nonprofit redefining the apparel industry. It was set to launch its factory above Carhartt’s flagship store in Midtown in the spring, manufacturing for clients seeking ethically produced apparel. But when the pandemic hit, ISAIC quickly shifted gears and went to work centralizing one of the area’s most substantial responses in the production of PPE. Mobilizing its vast network of local manufacturers – from Empowerment Plan to York Project to Detroit Denim – ISAIC created a program to produce and distribute more than 150,000 isolation gowns to the State of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center, and City of Detroit. This effort not only protected frontline health care workers and first responders, it also helped keep these small businesses open and employees working during the shutdown.

Through the help of Rock Family of Companies, ISAIC is also mass producing sought-after three-ply disposable masks that are a critical component to the safe reopening of schools, restaurants, gyms, and offices.

Hear from Jen Guarino, CEO and chairman of the Board of Trustees, in the video below as she speaks about ISAIC’s dedication to the community.

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