This page was printed from

Eastman customers unite to offer contract cutting resources to PPE manufacturers

Company News, COVID-19, Resources | April 2, 2020 | By:

Eastman Machine Co. announced today that its exclusive Matchmaker program is connecting facilities manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) with more than a dozen customers who offer automatic, CNC (computer-controlled) cutting services. The Matchmaker program has successfully linked organizations throughout the U.S. and U.K. for several decades from Eastman’s website.

Thousands of manufacturers use automatic and manual cutting machines to cut flexible materials used in products as varied as skis, gymnastics mats, window blinds, awnings and race cars. Over the last few weeks, these same manufacturers have been transitioning their operations to aid other industries deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19: health care, military, safety and sanitation.

The Matchmaker program aims to connect experienced Eastman cutting system facilities with those who are seeking production support and other services such as (but not limited to): pattern design, prototyping, high-speed automatic cutting, sewing, kit assembly and packaging.

Equipment and support

“The map is covered with Eastman machines available to help with textile cutting during this pandemic,” says Robert Stevenson, Eastman Machine president and CEO. “In addition to these outstanding resources, we are well-positioned to quickly respond to anyone who needs more equipment or support from the headquarters in Buffalo.” In March, Eastman was granted a waiver of continued operation by New York State and deemed essential. Its services and products remain available for those who are being asked by the government and private industry to manufacture bulk medical supplies.

For a list of participating Eastman Matchmaker companies, visit:

Eastman Machine Co. has been manufacturing manually operated cutting machines, automated CNC cutting systems, CAD/CAM software programs and material handling equipment in Buffalo since 1888. For those who may need assistance or additional capacity to meet the sudden increase in PPE manufacturing, the dedicated experts at Eastman Machine are ready to helpL call +1 716 856 2200 or visit

Share this Story