TC Display Printing making face masks to assist combat coronavirus

Photo submitted Misty Duncan and Tori Huffman model the face masks that TC Screen Printing made for the public. The masks are made from recycled T-shirts and are free.

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

Wanting to do something to help people during the pandemic, the print shop decided to make face masks out of old and broken T-shirts, according to Tyler Carroll, owner of TC Screen Printing. Masks are available for free to anyone who requests one, but Carroll said he gives priority to the medical community.

TC Screen Printing prides itself on serving the community, said Carroll.

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

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

“These are meant for self-protection,” said Carroll. “They are not intended to be a substitute for the medical equivalent.”

Masks or respirators that are N95 certified block at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles, according to fda.gov.

TC Carroll Printing has the embroidery make the masks, Carroll said. The store still does some embroidery, but when they’re not busy ordering, they focus on making masks, Carroll said. The pattern that the shop 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 masks go through their high-temperature dryer, he said. At the end of the dryer cycle, they are handled and stored by people wearing gloves, Carroll said.

At press time, Carroll doesn’t know how many masks he has but hopes to produce several thousand. Anyone who wants a mask can contact TC Screen Printing at their Siloam Springs location and tell them how many they need and what they need them for, Carroll said. Roadside pickup is available from both the Siloam Springs and Bentonville offices, Carroll said.

General news on 04/05/2020

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