Mendez Printing Gets New York Tough in the Face of COVID-19 Devastation

Robert Zoch
May 21, 2020

New York City has been the epicenter of coronavirus infections in the United States, and Elmhurst Hospital in Queens has been its nucleus, with the public hearing horrific accounts of apocalyptic conditions from the heroic, yet strained, healthcare providers working tirelessly to fight the pandemic and save lives.

With their production facility only about three miles from Elmhurst Hospital, Mendez Printing could see the crisis in their own back yard and took action, retooling their operation to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers.

“We have a friend who is working at Elmhurst Hospital, and their supplies for first responders are in critical demand,” says Peter Mendez, VP of Sales for the family-run business. “After reviewing what options we had to help, face shields were the obvious supply we can put together and donate to the hospital. We have a contour cutter at our shop to cut the acrylic material and put together the face shields.”

Mendez has created a line of “New York Tough” gear to help fund the making of these face shields, and as I write this, their efforts have raised more than $7,000 for the cause. Using a Kornit Storm HD6 system for digital DTG printing on demand, the company is able to receive an online order, print the garment, and ship it within 24 hours.

The process works; I received my t-shirt last week.

Worth noting: Kornit Digital Americas is only about 13 miles from Elmhurst Hospital

“This was a grassroots effort that started with friends and family, and now we are receiving requests to print shirts from people all over the country,” says Peter. “As difficult and challenging it has been since this nightmare scenario started, my faith in humanity has been restored as we put our resources together to make a difference.”

Click here to learn about their “New York Tough” campaign, or to contribute.