Frankfort company making disposable gowns, but struggling to find local buyers

Genesis Disposables in Frankfort is contributing to the fight against coronavirus by supplying personal protective equipment in the form of disposable gowns.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 3:24 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 1:57 PM

FRANKFORT, N.Y. – The governor last Friday calling on the state to produce PPE or Personal Protective Equipment, for people and medical workers across the country. The governor said in that briefing "There is no reason we can't make these."

Genesis Disposables in Frankfort is contributing to the fight against coronavirus by supplying personal protective equipment in the form of disposable gowns.

The company plans to make more than 100,000 gowns for health care and other essential workers, as well as community members who may want them.

But the company said that New York hospitals aren't buying. Owner Alfredo Zennamo said its hard to compete with China's low prices.

Over the last 36 years we've ramped up and made products, but then had people run to China when they found a better price," said Zennamo.

Like many industries, Genesis Disposables is trying to increase production while also following essential business guidelines for employers and staff.

"We're changing and adapting to this thing as quickly as possible. We're doing as little labor as we can. So, it’s just ebb and flow here right now, we are just working to solve the needs of a lot of these people out there that are desperate," said owner Alfredo Zennamo.

Zennamo said he has tried to reach out to the state for more funding to produce more.

The factory, located at 2676 Southside Road, has been making gowns for 36 years.

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