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Caribou Coffee, Faribault Woolen Mill Co. team up on employee face masks

Masks have been delivered to all locations, the company announced Friday
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Following an employee protest for improved worker safety, Caribou has announced it has found a local provider for face coverings.

The Faribault Woolen Mill Co. has agreed to produce cloth face masks for Caribou’s approximately 5,000 employees, the companies announced Friday.

The cloth masks, which were made in accordance to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have now been delivered to all locations, a spokesperson told BMTN. 

Caribou said since CDC face protection guidelines for essential workers were issued in early April, the company has found "sourcing bulk, non-medical options has been difficult."

Before reaching out to Faribault Woolen Mill Co., it said it had "previously placed two orders with suppliers that were redirected."

“Business is personal at Faribault,” Ross Widmoyer, President and COO of Faribault Woolen Mill Co., said in a press release.

"I’ve known the Caribou team for a while so when they called asking if we would help, the answer was yes. This is about more than two iconic Minnesota brands partnering together, it is about friends helping friends and neighbors helping neighbors during a time of need."

Caribou workers held a drive-thru protest in Roseville two weeks ago in protest at the lack of gloves, sneeze guards and masks for employees.

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