Coronavirus: Stanfield’s looks to fill 50 jobs ‘immediately’ to make medical gowns

Part of Stanfield's Ltd., a Canadian garment manufacturing company which has been in operation since 1856, is seen in Truro, N.S. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The federal government is spending $2 billion to procure more diagnostic testing, ventilators, and personal protective equipment for front-line workers in the COVID-19 fight and Stanfield's is among a group of companies that has signed a letter of intent to contribute to Canada’s stockpile. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

A historic Canadian undergarment factory in Truro, N.S., is looking to fill more than 50 positions as it pivots to making personal protective equipment for medical professionals and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stanfield’s Ltd., known for producing long johns and boxer shorts, sent out a tweet on Saturday morning that they have an “immediate” need to fill the positions and start producing personal protective equipment (PPE).

The fifth-generation family-owned firm reportedly has patterns and machinery that would initially produce more than 2,000 medical gowns daily per shift, helping to feed a Canadian demand after the COVID-19 pandemic halted supplies from China.

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Jon Stanfield, the chief executive of the company, told The Canadian Press earlier this week that the company has already sourced approved fabric from Intertape Polymer and they are ready to be producing medical clothing within days.

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The company was forced to lay-off 200 staff as a result of the pandemic.

Jobs would be part-time and full-time in the company’s sewing department.

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In a post on the company’s website, Stansfield’s said they will provide training for the sewing of the much-needed medical gowns.

The workplace is abiding by all proper safety protocols, including social distancing measures announced by the province.

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The company says full-time positions are from Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight while part-time positions are from Saturday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you’re interested the company is asking that individuals submit a cover letter and resume to

Stansfield’s is among five firms that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday have received letters of intent to manufacture PPE.

–With files from The Canadian Press 

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