Haiti is making face masks, medical garments to fight the coronavirus and save jobs
In a bid to try to keep its textile industry afloat amid the coronavirus economic shutdown, the Haitian government has authorized the reopening of seven factories that will be making protective medical gear.Three of the factories already make washable hospital scrubs for the U.S. market, and Haiti is seeking a percentage of the garments for the country’s own use. The other four factories will switch from sewing cotton T-shirts for the U.S. export market to making face masks for Haitians.Made from cotton and reusable, the masks are not the medical-grade, snug-fitting N-95 disposable face masks ...
Art Van Furniture to close its stores, begin liquidation sales
DETROIT — Art Van Furniture, the Michigan-based company and the Midwest’s top furniture and mattress retailer, announced Thursday it is shutting down and will begin liquidation sales at all of its company-owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.The shock announcement comes just three years after the company’s sale by the Van Elslander family to a private-equity firm.Boston-based private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners bought a majority stake in Art Van Furniture in early 2017, about a year before the death of company founder Archie Van Elslander at age 87.Art Van is expected t...
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