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Iconic hat maker turns to sewing masks during virus outbreak

Stormy Kromer

A Michigan company that makes Stormy Kromer wool hats has pivoted to sewing facial masks for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. Stormy Kromer president Gina Thorsen says Ironwood-based Jacquart Fabric Products started producing masks on Wednesday for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Torson says the manufacturer's shift from hand-sewn winter wool caps to medical supplies is allowing a third of the company's 100-employee workforce to remain employed during the state's stay-at-home order. he company also plans to make disposable and reusable hospital gowns, booties and other personal protective equipment.