TC Screen Printing makes face masks to fight coronavirus

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TC Screen Printing is helping fight the coronavirus by making face masks out of t-shirts.

The printing company wanted to do something to help people during the pandemic, so they decided to start making face masks from old and faulty t-shirts, according to Tyler Carroll, owner of TC Screen Printing. Masks are available free of charge to anyone who requests them, but Carroll said he prioritizes the medical community.

TC Screen Printing is proud to serve the community, Carroll said.

“We strongly believe in doing what we can for who we can,” he said.

Carroll said he started making the masks two weeks earlier and began distributing them on Monday. The masks are not N95 certified, he said.

“These are for self-protection,” Carroll said. “They are not intended to replace the medical equivalent.”

N95-certified masks or personal respirators will block at least 95% of very small test particles (0.3 microns), according to fda.gov.

TC Screen Printing is asking its embroidery division to make the masks, Carroll said. The store also does embroidery, but when not busy with orders, it focuses on making masks, Carroll said. The pattern the store uses to make the masks comes from one of Carroll’s partners in Brazil, he said.

The masks are made from two layers of recycled t-shirt pieces, Carroll said. All of the masks went through their high-temperature dryer, he said. At the end of the drying cycle, they are handled and stored by people wearing gloves, Carroll said.

As of press time, Carroll does not know how many masks he owns but hopes to produce several thousand. Anyone who wants a mask can contact TC Screen Printing at their Siloam Springs location and let them know how many they need and why they need them, Carroll said. Curbside pickup is available at offices in Siloam Springs and Bentonville, Carroll said.

General news from 04/05/2020

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