Gehring Tricot Corporation is a leading US manufacturer of warp knit, circular knit and stretch woven fabrics. Founded as Gehring Textiles, Inc. in 1946, Gehring has remained a family-owned and operated business through three generations; with the fourth generation training.
GTC is a vertical operation with manufacturing in New York and Massachusetts that emphasizes quality control, innovation, precision manufacturing, hands-on technical assistance and customer service while providing an ethical, family style, safe work environment.
GTC has been supplying custom engineered solutions to meet a variety of industry needs including those in the medical, sports, safety, aerospace, apparel and defense industries.
Through a steady process of growth, powered by adaptation and acquisitions, GTC’s third-generation family ownership has afforded the leadership and vision needed to survive and thrive in the challenging arena of domestic textiles.
This current medical crisis fine-tuned the focus of GTC. With a shortage of PPE (personal protection equipment) at the onset of the pandemic, GTC chose to stop all non-essential fabric production and committed themselves to the manufacture of fabrics for medical supplies, medical and non-medical masks, hospital gowns, medical bandages and hospital curtains.
Gehring had already been producing these products but fine-tuned their focus to accommodate increased demand due to the crisis. The biggest adjustment was adhering to CDC and WHO guidelines for social distancing and mask-wearing while working closely in manufacturing facilities.
A COVID Task Force was formed to assist employees and owners in traversing this delicate and confusing time as Gehring remained fully staffed with about 10-25% working from home at any given time (dependent upon federal, state and local guidelines).
This task force provided employees and their families, and each facility location communities, with masks for their safety while also providing hand sanitizers, sanitizing stations and sanitizing sprays in easy reach throughout each facility in conjunction with continual and constant cleaning throughout each location.
During the manufacturing process, Gehring uses multiple filtration systems for air, water and fuels. GTC prides itself on providing a safe working environment for employees while simultaneously working to keep the environment clean.
As the country, and the world, get back to some semblance of normalcy, GTC is, as well. Gehring is a forerunner in textiles manufacturing, able to supply traditional fabrics for mainstream industries but also able to engineer custom fabric solutions.While, also, being able to traverse a global pandemic along with helping fellow citizens in surviving and thriving during scary times.
Gehring has come a long way from creating laces but there is so much potential still to discover.
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