By Collin Huguley Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal
A few weeks ago, Nathan Huret fielded several emails from local furniture companies interested in helping produce medical supplies in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Huret, the existing industry services director for the Catawba County Economic Development Corp., saw companies in his county identifying a need, but they needed some organization in order to deliver on their desires. Huret connected them with the Carolina Textile District, an organization that is leading a manufacturing initiative to help produce personal protective equipment, or PPE, items on the front lines of the battle against the novel coronavirus.
Huret estimated that 10 to 12 companies in his county reached out to him wanting to help, with Wesley Hall Furniture and Sherrill Furniture Co. among them.
“They tried to do something really good on their own," Huret said. "But we found them a really good ship to jump on.”