Nazareth Corporation sews special clothing for the disabled-Morning Post

2021-11-13 07:22:18 By : Mr. patrick zheng

The seamstress at Dawn Williams knew something was wrong.

When transporting patients with disabilities in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, Williams will notice how difficult it is for clients to prepare for medical visits.

She saw people struggling, unable to drape themselves in comfortable and weather-resistant clothes, and unable to safely sit in wheelchairs. Many people are also embarrassed.

“It’s hard to see it just to hear them say,'I hate to put a blanket on me,'” said Williams, who has sewn various garments for more than 40 years at several former Lehigh Valley textile mills. .

She stopped transporting patients in 2014, but Williams insisted on her idea of ​​transporting customers for years.

The 62-year-old Nazareth resident is sewing clothes. She hopes to help disabled customers because she is trying to stitch together a small business.

Williams holds three U.S. patents and has begun selling Metta jackets and full-length coats for the disabled, seniors, hunters and fans in cold-weather sports events. Last year, she founded Trine Designs LLC and was incorporated in Pennsylvania.

One of Williams' clothes looks like a standing sleeping bag, and the others are like jackets with zippers and buckles, and blanket components can be added.

Sal Gillen, who participated in the sales of Trine Designs, said: "If you sit on a football field wearing a blanket in the middle of the fall, tie it to your jacket now," Williams put on a red hooded jacket and showed it How to attach the blanket to it. "When you cheer, the blanket is attached to it. It won't fall off."

She said that what is more important to Williams is that her products are easy to fold and suitable for those who must be careful when moving in a wheelchair.

"People need a little dignity," she said. "They don't want to show up in the crowd. They want to blend in and be part of things. Even if they have these problems, they don't want to stand out like their goals."

Williams believes that nursing homes can benefit from this product.

"I checked the [Trine] video, it was very interesting, and it must be another example of how much real innovation this man from Nazareth has produced from Lehigh Valley,” Jason, administrator of Cedarbrook, Lehigh County Comello said.

Monroe County resident Kenneth Ryno was quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident in 1979. He said he had never seen clothes like Metta.

"I have seen ponchoes that suit you... but they may get stuck on wheels," said 61-year-old Ryno from Kunkletown. "It's designed in a perfect way because it suits you and not a wheelchair."

Williams lamented that starting a business has been difficult, not to mention gaining a foothold in the market. According to the financial news website MarketWatch, the annual sales of adaptive wearable products are $250 million. At least 50 companies sell these products.

Williams established Trine Designs during the pandemic. The company closed most nursing homes and rehabilitation centers to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and closed many activities.

Williams is sewing clothes at her home in Nazareth. The retail price is $125 for children and $265 for adults. She said she can produce up to 45 per month.

Williams took advantage of the free courses at Lehigh University's Small Business Development Center. SBDC consultant Mary Kelly Cohick (Mary Kelly Cohick) said that in general, companies in the early stages of growth must manage business costs, including materials and wages, while working to increase sales.

"Scenario planning is also important to prepare for the expansion of product manufacturing, taking into account different market entry models, such as online direct sales to consumers and direct sales to enterprises," Kosik said via email. "In both cases, keen attention to procurement, inventory management and labor is very important."

Williams hopes that her Metta clothing will be as popular as swimsuits, shirts, sportswear, etc. She has been sewing for other companies for more than 40 years.

"This is mine," she said of the reasons for starting the company. "It makes it completely different."

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