Gold Crest Industries now making GC Face Masks sold online
When Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all nonessential businesses to close as part of the stay-at-home directive to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Jenaro Garcia shuttered his shop and sent his workers home.
Gold Crest Industries had been making patio cushions, cloth umbrellas and pillows from the same factory in Ontario for 29 years. That is, until that day, March 20.
But Garcia, 47, owner and president of a company his father, Jose Garcia, had started in 1991, did not sit on his hands. Instead, he began sketching designs for disposable and washable masks after hearing they were in short supply and very much needed for essential workers and the general public.
“I told them (employees) I have an idea. I think we have all the expertise and all the machinery to be able to produce these masks,” he said during an interview on Thursday, April 9.
“We deal in textiles. We deal in sewing. We have the ability to produce this product to help all of us get through this,” he said, recalling his pitch to his staff.
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