Phalanx Defense Systems of Gainesville Ramps Up Mask Cutting, Sanitizer Production

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By Suzette Cook/Staff Writer Mainstreet Daily News Apr 2, 2020

Time is of the essence as Alachua County braces for the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on local hospitals, first responders and citizens.

For Phalanx Defense Systems CEO James Coats, every second counts. His company is already in the business of protecting people by manufacturing body armor for fire and EMS rescue crews.

Coats said he has been following the grassroots mask-making movement in Gainesville and wanted to help out. Volunteers for the Gainesville Makers Against COVID have been hand cutting fabric and sewing masks to try to fend off the expected personal protective equipment shortage.

“We have robotics cutting machines that can cut in minutes compared to the days and weeks it would take people to do it,” Coats said. “We reached out to some folks and offered our assistance.” …Read More