In March 2020, when Covid-19 shut down the rest of Midtown, Erika Diaz knew she’d only get busier. Ferrara Manufacturing, the Garment Center company where Erika was a production manager, could make personal protective equipment for first responders.
So Erika braved the pandemic to source material from across the globe, develop technical designs and adapt jacket-making techniques on the fly. She and Ferrara partnered with dozens of other Garment Center businesses—nearly half of which are woman-owned and 73% of which are led by people of color—to supply a desperately needed hospital contract. While Ferrara specialized in hospital gowns, hundreds of garment firms produced millions of units of PPE to slow the spread of Covid-19. Thousands of
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