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After shift to face masks, Cullman’s HomTex makes long-term PPE plans

 CULLMAN, Alabama – In less than a month, HomTex Inc., a manufacturer of bed linens and other items, has shifted its focus from traditional products to making cotton face masks for businesses and individuals coping with the threat of coronavirus.

Today, the family owned company plans a major investment at its facilities in Cullman County to manufacture another product in high demand – the pleated, 3-ply surgical masks used in hospitals and nursing homes.

Jeremy Wootten, president and chief financial officer of HomTex, said the company is using its connections with Asian manufacturers to acquire fully automatic, advanced surgical face mask production equipment.

The $5 million project will create 120 jobs in Cullman and position HomTex as a permanent U.S. producer of personal protective equipment, or PPE, at a time when domestic production of the gear is seen as a national security priority.

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