In April 2020, Daniels Wood Land added personal protection equipment (PPE) isolation gowns to its product line and recalled 50 employees who had been laid off due to the COVID-19 closure back to work. About six months later, by September, the company formed the subsidiary, DWL Enterprises dedicated to producing the isolation gowns. It now has three locations, including a large facility on Commerce Way and one on Ardmore Road in Paso Robles. The company is producing 250,000 gowns per day, up from the original 60,000 per day capacity almost a year ago, reports pasoroblesdailynews.com.
Over the past year, the company has hired 1,700 workers, making it the single largest employer in Paso Robles, according to city records.
DWL Enterprises’ Andy Dauterman says the company has a large federal contract for the gowns. “Between October 2020 and the end of this month, we will have produced 22 million gowns,” he says. “We expect the contract to be renewed for additional production through the summer and a probable extension through next year.” Dauterman said DWL Enterprises is exploring additional products and discussing ways to make the gowns and future PPE products with more environmentally friendly materials.
Paso Robles City Manager Tom Frutchey applauds the company’s achievements. “Being a successful, expanding, home-grown business, Daniels Wood Land exemplifies the entrepreneur spirit of Paso Robles and the North County,” Frutchey says. “In addition, Daniels Wood Land is competing with firms throughout the country and around the world in producing, among other products, protective personal equipment (PPE) to protect health care professionals, firefighters, police officers, and others serving our country on the front lines of the pandemic response. In addition, by selling high-quality goods outside of the region, Daniels Wood Land brings well-deserved recognition and financial resources to our community.”