QUINCY — A Quincy-based company is helping play an integral role in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus.
DenLine Uniforms produces what founder and owner Dennis Adams estimates to be 25% to 33% of the nation's disposable and reusable personal protection equipment (PPE).
PPE is the fluid-resistant apparel used by health care workers employed in applications with potential for splash or spray of blood, bodily fluids and other potentially infectious materials -- items such as scrubs, lab coats, etc.
"There is absolutely more of a demand on us (right now)," said Adams, addressing the heightened needs for the garments in light of the pandemic tied to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Adams emphasized his company's major concern is twofold.
"The safety/sanitation process is equally important to the patient, as well as medical personnel," he said.
DenLine is based at 301 Oak, inside the Quincy Technology and Business Center (QTBC). The company was founded in 1992 and has been headquartered inside the QTBC for about 25 years, growing from a 1,000-square-foot space to 14,000 square feet.
Because of the high demand for its products, Adams said DenLine is currently rationing allocations to its customers based on their previous four months of purchasing.
"Our central location (in the United States) helps us get our product to (different areas of the nation) quickly," he said. "We have a delivery service that rivals Amazon."
Adams said his industry was thrown a curve in late 2019 ago when the Chinese government ordered manufacturers in its own country to concentrate solely on production of protective masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19. That placed a burden on other manufacturers around the globe to produce additional PPE.
"What will come out of this is a continuing rebirth of U.S. industry and less dependence on foreign sources," Adams said.
DenLine's Quincy site employs 16 people in front-office roles. A combined three manufacturing plants are located in Hermann, Mo. and the Dominican Republic.
"We have a good team of people," Adams said.