Gowns to Supply City Hospitals and Create Local Jobs for Hardworking Brooklyn Residents
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (64th A.D. – Staten Island-Southern Brooklyn) recently toured a manufacturing operation Bensonhurst, where local residents are being employed in the production of disposable isolation gowns destined to be used by New York City hospitals and healthcare facilities. The gowns are being produced by a New York City based garment manufacturing company, Top Notch Pattern, Inc., which is under contract with the City of New York, thanks to the assistance of Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis who identified the manufacturer and the company’s manufacturing capacity for the city. They will be operating 12 facilities in Brooklyn and will be producing hundreds of thousands of the gowns in the weeks ahead at the Bensonhurst facility.
Assemblywoman Malliotakis became aware of the of the company during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak and brought them to the attention of City Hall, facilitating a win-win situation for our hospitals, Top Notch Patterns, Inc. and the scores of New Yorkers being employed by the project.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Over the course of the COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve delivered thousands of pieces of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and supplies to area hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities. What I’ve learned over that time is the needs change weekly. Right now, our hospitals and healthcare facilities are in desperate need of medical gowns. The fact Top Notch Patterns, its president, Anthony Cibelli, and his partner Santo Barravecchio, are able to produce the gowns right here in Brooklyn is great on so many levels; delivery time is cut to hours as opposed to days or weeks and they are providing close-by jobs to members of the community while unemployment numbers are at record highs and economic activity is so desperately needed.”
Anthony Cibelli, President of Top Notch Pattern, said, “Santo Barravecchio and I are using our thirty years of experience in the garment district to help out New York City during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are working with local cutting and sewing factories to produce a quarter of a million isolation gowns for medical personnel. This is helping to relieve the stress of medical facilities and first responders by ensuring that they are supplied to treat patients safely. Being able to provide gowns for New York City has helped the safety of many. It has been a gratifying experience to be able to help our highly dedicated healthcare workers in these trying times.”