SugarHouse’s Face Masks Fight Coronavirus’ Economic Impact

April 10, 2020

Company partners with struggling local businesses and at-home sewers to meet overwhelming demand. Since repurposing its manufacturing facility from awning and boat top production to make personal protective equipment two weeks ago, SugarHouse Industries has seen an overwhelming demand for the face shields and face masks it makes. “In total, we’ve had requests for nearly… Read More


Company partners with struggling local businesses and at-home sewers to meet overwhelming demand.

Since repurposing its manufacturing facility from awning and boat top production to make personal protective equipment two weeks ago, SugarHouse Industries has seen an overwhelming demand for the face shields and face masks it makes.

“In total, we’ve had requests for nearly 100,000 units,” Mike Peterson, President of SugarHouse Industries remarks. “Our focus has been to meet the needs of our Utah community. We have provided face masks and face shields to medical professionals, senior centers, school districts’ nutritional services, first responders, and essential businesses such as grocery stores, and plumbers just to name a few.”

Due to the overwhelming response, SugarHouse has not only been able to keep its doors open but also to reach out to three other local sewing businesses that had to furlough employees due current economic conditions.

SugarHouse employees and family members donated 150 volunteer hours on Saturday, April 4, 2020 to produce 1,500 face masks and face shields.

“We’ve even developed DIY sewing kits for people to make at home and bring back to us. We are paying $2 for each mask sewn. An experienced sewer can easily make 6-8 masks each hour,” Mike says. “It’s been great to be able to make a positive impact not only on the fight against coronavirus but also its economic effects.”

Media Availability: SugarHouse is holding a second Employee & Family Volunteer Event on Saturday, April 11, 2020, 7 am – 12 noon. Mike Peterson will be there to answer questions.

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.