NC State University Webinar Series: The Final Stage – Constructing and Manufacturing PPE

July 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

12 – 1pm CT

Free to members and non-members

This webinar series has taken an in-depth look at the many stages of PPE production and we’ve now reached the final stage: construction and manufacturing. Whether its home sewn masks or level 4 surgical gowns, PPE takes many different forms and functions. This webinar will explore how the most prominent PPE are made, from automated sewing to seam welding. Our panel of experts will discuss the ins and outs of turning fabric into a finished PPE product.


Frank Henderson
President & CEO
Henderson Sewing Machine Co.

Frank Henderson is President of Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc., one of the largest distributors of industrial sewing machines, sewing machine parts, and associated products in the world. Henderson has more than 40 years of experience in the textile and sewn products industries and has held a wide variety of illustrious positions within his community and the industry, including Chairman of SPESA.  Under the leadership of Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine Co. is at the forefront of automated and robotic sewing systems that are designed to save customers time and money.

J. Kirby Best
President & CEO
Purchase Activated Apparel Technologies, Inc. (PaaT)

Kirby Best is the Chairman & CEO of OnPoint Manufacturing, and President & CEO of PaaT, Inc. In addition to his experience in the apparel industry, Kirby spent many years revolutionizing the book industry. He has written articles for trade journals, published several books, and spoken at industry shows worldwide on future trends in the on-demand manufacturing and information analysis industries. Kirby focuses on creating value for the customer through creating fully customizable on-demand and products using the finest material possible.

Karl Herzer
Product Manager Welding Machines
PFAFF Industrial

Karl Herzer is a native of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Since 2013 he has been Product Manager for Welding Machines at PFAFF Industrial in Germany. In his career he has been working for Textile Fusion Technologies, Stapla Ultrasonics and for PFAFF Industrial in R&D, sales and application for textile and plastics welding machines. Karl has received his Master of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern in 1987. He has lived in different cities in Germany and in Davenport, Iowa. He has dual citizenship of Germany and USA.

Hank Little
Atlanta Attachment

Hank Little has worked at Atlanta Attachment since 2002 and has had his current position of President for the last 15 years.  He has over 30 years of experience in the sewn products industry selling and managing sales of industrial sewing equipment and automation.  At AAC he has been a driving force for the company’s industrial automation equipment maintaining its original core business of folders and attachments to the apparel and bedding industries while working to expand AAC’s capabilities by diversifying into the automotive, furniture, carpet and now medical industries and beyond. In his spare time, Hank enjoys being with his family, fishing and being outdoors.

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July 14 12:00 pm

July 14 1:00 pm