Senator Collins Visits Maine Stitching Specialties

The Skowhegan manufacturer, which received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, has been producing face masks throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

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Skowhegan, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Maine Stitching Specialties today to thank the employees for the work they are doing to make protective face masks.  Bill and Julie Swain, the owners of Maine Stitching Specialties, received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan, which has provided them with crucial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The PPP was co-authored by Senator Collins


“The hardworking men and women at Maine Stitching Specialties hold themselves to a high standard of craftsmanship, producing an array of high-quality textile goods,” said Senator Collins.  “Seeing the need for protective face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mainers at this Skowhegan factory rose to the challenge and began producing face masks for their community.  Their continued commitment to excellence and service is truly inspiring.  I am delighted that the Paycheck Protection Program is helping this wonderful Maine small business to continue its operations and pay its employees.”


The Skowhegan factory has been in business for more than 30 years, operating as Maine Stitching Specialties since 2014.  The factory produces flags, accessories, and health care and hospitality textile goods.  Maine Stitching Specialties is also producing and shipping the state’s official bicentennial flag.