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Marley's Monsters Expands In Restrictive Time

Karen Richards

One Eugene company is using its skills to expand operations during COVID-19 restrictions. Marley’s Monsters is donating N-95 mask covers to first responders near and far.

Marley’s Monsters has made washable fabric products like UNpaper towels for several years. VP of Operations Joe Essin says in mid-March they started sewing mask covers to give back to medical staff and stretch the life of their equipment. 

“We‘ve had requests from all over the world, as far away as Dublin Ireland," says Essin. "So we just bought 20 new serging sewing machines and we’re adding an additional 20 jobs to the 15 jobs that we just added this last week.”


Essin says they heard from doctors that elastic straps can’t withstand high temperature washing, so they now use fabric ties that can be laundered dozens of times. 


Essin says the company hopes to keep all the new employees after the pandemic passes. He says sales of the company’s other products have exploded. 


Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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