Inland Building Systems, HomTex donate thousands of masks

Inland/Schulte of Cullman and HomTex., Inc. donated several thousand DreamFit masks to local nursing homes this week. The two companies wanted to safeguard the workers, patients and visitors of Cullman and Hanceville nursing homes operated under USA Healthcare and Hanceville Nursing and Rehab. Pictured are, from left, Dale Greer, Cullman EDA director; Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman; HomTex CEO Jerry Wootten; Frank Brown of USA Healthcare; Inland/Schulte President Ron Ambrosius; and HomTex President and CFO Jeremy Wootten.  The masks are manufactured at HomTex Cullman and are a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. (Dale Greer)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Area nursing homes, Cullman City Schools and local food banks are receiving new protective DreamFit masks thanks to a generous donation from Inland Building Systems, part of Schulte Building Systems, Inc. and local textile manufacturer HomTex.

Inland purchased $10,000 worth of the masks manufactured by HomTex, and HomTex matched that dollar amount, doubling the number of masks.

Ron Ambrosius, president of Cullman’s Inland operation, said he had placed an order with HomTex to produce the masks. But once HomTex CFO Jerry Wootten learned of the donation plan, he told Ambrosius that HomTex wanted to match the Inland donation. HomTex contribute half of the masks that were donated.

So far, approximately 2,500 masks have been given away.

Donations were made the local USA Healthcare nursing homes and Hanceville Nursing and Rehab, the Cullman City School System Child Nutrition Program (which is distributing seven breakfast and lunch meals weekly to more than 700 students) and Cullman Caring for Kids.

Said Ambrosius, “We felt it was one way to help the community. We are right next door to HomTex which makes it nice and convenient. We wanted to make a contribution and help out the community.”

He stressed that the contribution was a shared effort with HomTex.

He continued, “They went to USA (Healthcare), Hanceville Nursing Home, Cullman High School for the food line workers and the food bank. We didn’t know who all was out there that needed them. Dale (Greer) really did a great job of putting that together and searching that out to find out who was needy.”

Greer, director of the Cullman Economic Development Agency said, “Between the two nursing homes, they had over 900 employees or people who had contact with those. One asked if they might give extra for end of life situations where we can’t let family in. They left extra at each facility to help families in that difficult time.”

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Face masks manufactured at HomTex Cullman were donated to the Cullman City School System Nutrition Program this week by the Inland/Schulte Cullman building manufacturer and HomTex. School system representatives will wear the masks during weekly food donations to students and their families. Pictured are, from left, HomTex President and CEO Jeremy Wootten; Jamie Troutman, Cullman Economic Development Agency; Ron Ambrosius, president of Inland/Schulte; Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman; HomTex CFO Jerry Wootten; Cullman City School Nutrition Program Coordinator Dreama Young; and Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall. (Dale Greer)