Crosstex increases manufacturing, civic efforts in response to H1N1 virus

May 27, 2009
Company doubles production of its face mask line and sponsors a local professional sporting event.

HAUPPAUGE, New York--Crosstex International, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of face masks in the U.S., is taking an increasingly aggressive role in meeting the demand for masks and infection-control supplies in light of the recent H1N1 virus outbreak.

To keep pace with record-breaking global demand, Crosstex has doubled production of its face mask line. Particularly in demand are Crosstex Ultra Face Masks, which provide one of the highest levels of filtration available.

This surge in orders of face masks, as well as other flu-related prevention supplies--such as the N95 Particulate Respirator, SaniTyze Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer and disinfectant wipes--has come from distributors, health-care practitioners, private industry, hospitals, and government agencies worldwide.

"Many people have asked how we were able to mobilize so quickly," stated Andrew Whitehead, vice president of sales and marketing at Crosstex. "The simple truth is that our parent company, Cantel (Medical Corp.), has been developing and marketing flu preparation products, programs and consulting services for the past two years with our help, which has been immensely invaluable to the success of our current efforts."

"Since we are dedicated to preventing the spread of infectious disease in the health-care community, we also have a social responsibility to help combat these threats when they affect the general public," continued Whitehead.

As part of this ongoing commitment, Crosstex supports a range of charitable organizations worldwide, including Feed the Children Foundation--a private organization that supplies food and other essentials to children and families in all 50 states and in 32 foreign countries. The company recently donated 0.5 million masks to the organization.

Crosstex is also spearheading public health education and awareness efforts. As part of these initiatives, the company recently sponsored a local professional sporting event in which they distributed free SaniTyze Hand Sanitizer to more than 1,000 fans along with swine flu prevention literature.

"Public education and involvement are essential to containing the spread of infectious disease," stated Whitehead. "Through the use of simple commonsense precautions such as proper surface disinfection, frequent hand washing, and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers, people can cut their risks significantly."

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