The Brickle Group Donates 250,000 Masks to Rhode Island

2020 has been a tough year for everyone and with the holiday season here, now is the time to give back to those in need. Max Brickle, President of The Brickle Group, has been working to make this a reality. The Brickle Group has donated 250,000 masks from its PPE stocks to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

When asked about his reasoning behind the donation, Max said, “This has been a tough year for all of us. We’ve been sourcing and trading PPE gear supporting states, businesses, and other organizations for the past 9 months. It has helped us keep our doors open. But when we can offer to help our local community as the pandemic is getting worse, that is something we always strive to do. We have been a part of the Rhode Island community for more than 80 years and look forward to being neighbors and friends for the next 80.”

The Brickle Group is no stranger to helping out whenever possible. As the largest wool blanket manufacturer in the country, Northwest Woolen Mills has been supplying blankets to disaster relief organizations, homeless shelters, and other businesses to support those in need for more than 40 years. Heat Smart, another subsidiary of The Brickle Group, helps low-income families be more efficient in managing the rising cost of energy.

In addition to its traditional workload, Northwest Woolen Mills began trading in and distributing PPE to states, local schools, organizations, and businesses in March with the coming of the Covid-19 pandemic. With a vaccine rollout starting, Northwest Woolen Mills and The Brickle Group have started to return to their traditional business focus but remain vigilant to continue to help in whatever way possible.

To learn more about The Brickle Group, its businesses, and how it has kept textile manufacturing alive in New England since the industrial revolution, please reach out to Business Development and Marketing Manager Alex d’Anjou at