Join Home Textiles Today for our second annual awards program — and our first-ever virtual awards program — honoring the legendary icons and innovative newcomers who’ve made a difference in the home textiles industry, including heroes who stood out in the fight against COVID-19. The Trailblazers & Titans Awards presentations will take place from Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by cocktails and breakout networking opportunities. The awards program is included in your Home Textiles Week registration!
Accepted by Jonathan Witmer, President & CEO
The U.S. had identified fewer than two dozen cases of COVID-19 in February when WestPoint Home shifted gears to begin producing face masks made from its proprietary antimicrobial technology at its cut & sew plant in Florida as well as its bedding plant in Bahrain. By early March, the home textiles manufacturer was working with the New York City Mayor’s office and other governmental and private health-care providers to deliver the masks at no charge. WestPoint Home has donated millions of masks to frontline workers in hospitals, hospice centers, funeral homes, military outposts, day care centers, nursing homes, mass transit operations, delivery companies and even the Eagle Scouts. Its efforts span the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Bahrain.
BOLL & BRANCH
Accepted by Scott Tannen, Co-Founder & CEO
Digital native Boll & Branch was founded on the principal of doing good, so when COVID-19 broke out the operation looked for ways it could make an impact. In mid-March, Boll & Branch tapped into its supply chain to identify companies that could produce critically need goods in a short time frame and launched the Helping from Home program. From March through June, the home textiles specialist donated more than 3,000 mattresses and 5,000 pillows to critical medical care facilities and homeless shelters in states where the pandemic outbreak was straining resources. Helping from Home is now a permanent initiative for the company.
Accepted by Dipali Goenka, CEO & Joint Managing Director
With India on a COVID-19 lockdown, Welspun scaled up a production segment making smart non-woven products and applications for the safety clothing, filtration, personal hygiene and the cosmetic industries. The manufacturer shifted capacities there to roughly two million face masks on a weekly basis to meet the demand for personal protection. Welspun also helped the Indian Army set up isolation wards by donating linens. And to support its communities, Welspun has created 24-hour emergency medical centers at its operating locations for both employees and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. The facilities include isolation wards, tie-up communications with hospitals, emergency helplines and virtual consultation with specialist doctors from anywhere in the world.
BED BATH & BEYOND
Accepted by Mark Tritton, President & CEO
Bed Bath & Beyond cast a wide net in its response to COVID-19 through its $10 million “Bringing Home Everywhere” program to deliver products that provide home comfort and essential support to communities and those on the frontline of the pandemic across the U.S. and Canada. Launched in partnership with Good360, a leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, the effort leveraged the company’s unique range of home, baby & infant, health & personal care and food & beverage products across the company’s retail banners to provide essential items to some of the 90,000 charities in Good360’s network.