Wells Lamont is on standby to make protective materials in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Right now, we are on standby,” plant manager Justin Clearman said Monday. 

“We have been contacted by the CDC. FDA, Walmart corporate, the Mississippi Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and others. They are asking us ‘what can you do?’”

Clearman said he has been getting that information to his corporate headquarters which will be making the final decisions.

Clearman said the Philadelphia plant can make a nylon protective glove. They are not geared to make masks, gowns or foot protection coverage.

Plant-wise, Clearman said his staff using protective precautions like hand-washing and reporting if they have a runny nose or fever.

“We asked everyone to limit out-of-state travel and to stay at home,” Clearman said. “We try to stay here during lunch break. Mainly, we are taking precautions.”

Wells Lamont, which employs 105 in Philadelphia, is one of the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of gloves for industrial, protective and leisure purposes. The company offers its products through over 15,000 distributors, brick-and-mortar stores as well as online retailers in the United States and abroad. It is headquartered in Skokie, Ill.