Femine, a maker of body-shaping garments and shapewear for men and women who undergo surgeries at Kissimmee’s Plaza del Sol, pivoted its production earlier this month and began making high-quality, washable, medical-grade microfiber face masks using sterile wrap.

Turns out the local business helped local first responders. Osceola County Emergency Management Director Bill Litton said Thursday that his department ordered thousands of the masks for the county’s front line workers, helping keep up the county’s PPE supply. It helps the local economy to support a county business and, and he hopes to get product from Femine in the future.

Company management knew it had to do something when the state’s list of essential businesses didn’t include it, and hospital business halted when Gov. Ron DeSantis canceled elective surgeries due to the coronavirus. Then Femine reshaped its shop and started sewing 500 high-quality masks per day as a service to the community during the pandemic.

The masks come in handy for local first responders because they’re locally-made and therefore readily available. They’re also washable multiple times, and the microfiber breathes well, which will be handy for hotter weather.

The masks are for sale online and wholesale orders can be placed by calling 863-370-0527.

“We were trying to get something for our front-line workers; first responders, building inspectors, animal services, and they were going through ear-loop masks every day and throwing them away,” Litton said. “They can be re-used, washed down at night, and we’re not burning through masks every day. And we get to help a local business, which is great.”