The Masque Corporation
When 2020 began, most of us weren’t too worried about finding masks or other personal protective equipment. Sure, people who lived on the west coast experienced mask shortages during forest fire season when, for a few weeks every fall, major American cities had the worst air quality on the planet. Westerners learned about N95 masks, and knew to stock up in advance.
But then CoViD-19 appeared and we learned what a coronavirus is, how it spreads, and how to stay safe. We started washing our hands more often, looked warily at hard surfaces in stores and gas stations, and freaked out just a little when someone nearby coughed. And we started looking for protective face masks to wear in crowded public places.
Anyone who traveled to Tokyo, Shanghai or Seoul in recent years remarked on the number of people wearing masks in public, especially in the winter–cold and flu season. When asked, people would say they wore a mask because they had a bit of a cold and didn’t want to pass it on to anyone else, or the mask helped them breathe better in polluted or pollen-filled air.
Suddenly masks, hand sanitizers, even toilet paper were nowhere to be found in the US. It seems nearly all of the world’s supply was produced in China or other parts of Asia, and with the spread of CoViD-19, local governments weren’t allowing them to be exported. Even mask making machines and the raw materials to feed them were scarce, and prices quadrupled overnight.
We leveraged relationships developed over many years working in Asia to obtain the latest technology and bring it back to the US, so we could produce masks and other personal protective equipment right here at home. We chose middle Tennessee, the heart of the South, to launch this company because this region is home to some of the nation’s most highly-trained workers, because Tennessee is the health care capital of the United States, and because we can get masks from our home in middle Tennessee to just about everyone in the country in a day’s drive. We grew up here, so we know there’s no better place for The Masque Corporation to call home.
We hope what we do can give you peace of mind, help you feel a bit more secure, and make your life a little bit better.
All of us at The Masque Corporation,