Brevard-based sporting goods company creates PPE for locals on the front lines

FOX Carolina shares our story of producing and supplying PPE for medical care workers, essential business owners and employees, and others on the front line of COVID-19.

From FOX Carolina: A western North Carolina based company, SylvanSport is shifting away from every day manufacturing and instead creating PPE.

The company says it’s already being used by law enforcement and health care workers in their community.

Tuesday we went the Brevard business to see how the process started for the outdoors company.

“Normally here at SylvanSport we make the Go camping trailer, we’ve done that since 2004,” Tom Dempsey, CEO said.

In March, the company geared up to travel to one of the biggest showcases for outdoor retail, everything from tents to swag. Unfortunately, unwelcomed virus stole the show, the coronavirus.

“We decided to pull the plug on the show last minute due to COVID,” Dempsey said.

Less than 24 hours later, they turned that disappointment into ingenuity, coming back together to create PPE.

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