HICKORY, N.C. – HS Manufacturing, LLC (“Hickory Springs”), a division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company (“HSM”), and leading supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries, has made an emergency capital investment in equipment to produce protective facemasks and medical gowns for healthcare personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts began this week at three of Hickory Springs’ North Carolina facilities to support the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment across the country.  Most of the initial supply is committed to public and private regional medical providers in the Southeast U.S. with plans to increase production capacity to serve greater U.S. demand. Read more here.