Graphcom has always had a “culture of good” initiative. The full-service Gettysburg-based marketing firm feels strongly that it is important to be good stewards and do whatever they can to help support the communities where their clients, friends, and partners live, work, and play, not just in times of need, but always. It’s part of the culture at Graphcom, and they live it every day.
This culture and desire to be good stewards is prevalent now more than ever. During these uncertain times, the Graphcom family takes comfort in the extraordinary hope and resilience of so many across the world.
Since 1982, Graphcom has been producing a variety of marketing collateral for its clients, and in 2011 added fabrics to their portfolio. Graphcom meets the supply-on-demand and print-to-order fabric requirements of their clients with spunk, style, and sophistication and continually discovers new ways to apply fabric to their clients’ marketing needs. Banners, flags, clothing, tablecloths—the possibilities are unlimited. Whatever their clients’ custom fabric needs, Graphcom has them covered.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Graphcom team immediately saw a need for personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect the health and safety of frontline healthcare workers and essential businesses. Masks, specifically, are still in short supply.
“We wanted to find some small way to help those frontline heroes who risk so much each day, and we realized there was a unique opportunity to pivot,” says Matt Livelsberger, president of Graphcom. “We were determined to help in any way that we could using the resources at our disposal.”
With some planning and quite a few phone calls to material-supplier partners, Graphcom determined that making masks for their healthcare clients was something they could do. They were able to utilize their equipment and employees to slightly adjust the systems already in place over to producing masks. They could do their part to honor and protect their healthcare clients’ frontline workers.
Each mask is made using a template from one of their healthcare clients—a pattern that the health system considered acceptable. Using laser-cutting technology and good, old-fashioned hand sewing, Graphcom can produce about 100-200 masks per week. They will continue to produce masks until the need expires or material is no longer available.
Graphcom has received astounding support from the clients they’ve already helped, and it’s the fuel that keeps them wanting to do more.
In addition to donating masks, Graphcom has recently produced and installed “Heroes Work Here” banners for a few of their healthcare clients. These banners are another way Graphcom can honor those on the frontlines.
To see how the masks are being made, please visit https://graphcom.com/making-reusable-face-masks-for-front-line-workers/.
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