There are so long, the Quebecers Marc Mackarous and his team were producing many uniforms for sport, but for the past few weeks, his plant located in Montreal-North manufactures mainly covers insulation for the medical staff.
“I’m proud of my team and I am proud that we are giving a helping hand during this pandemic coronavirus,” says Mr. Mackarous, owner of companies at M&M Graphic and MNM Sport. It is the human side that is important here. I think of course to the patients, but also physicians, nurses, and attendants who are returning to work despite the danger. It’s fantastic to feel involved and that is what makes it the most fun.”
When Marc Mackarous has learned that his company had to stop its operations because it was not an essential service, it has quickly sought a solution. The division MNM Sports, which produces uniforms for hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and volleyball, was inevitably going to be idling for a few months. Thus, there has been this call to a line of government, then their first order of 6000 covers.
“It has enabled us to bring a small team,” said the one holding the presidency of the company.
Naturally, in spite of this extraordinary volte-face, he sees its sales drop dramatically these days, which has resulted in a significant staff reduction, 65 to fifteen employees. However, it has hired fashion designers to the external.
In a few weeks, 50,000 booklets have already been ordered, of which more than 15,000 have been delivered by his company. Concretely, faced with this emergency, Mr. Mackarous discovers himself to make deliveries to the loading docks of hospitals.
“When, for example, a delivery truck is not available, I go myself rather than wait until the next day, because the medical staff is in need of it,” he says. Honestly, we are accustomed to give delivery times and adhere to them, but here, in the present context, the pressure is greater. It shortens the normal time.”
A shortage of tissues
All of these changes to the business have its own set of challenges. Currently, it is mainly a shortage of tissues which comes to bother the production. Thus, the traditional jackets, usually yellow or blue, leave the place quietly to models of color, white or beige.
“We had also made samples, black or red, but we explained that it is necessary to easily see if there are any bodily fluids, like blood stains, he says. I don’t know if we’ll see it soon covers with flowers or other motifs, but there are now more colors accepted than before, that’s for sure. The rules are less stringent. We don’t have the choice with this shortage.”
Covers in the colours of the rainbow would be consistent with the concept: “it’s going to go well”.
At the mercy of the transactions of the CH
Rather than doing business with the government and the hospitals, the enterprises M&M Graphic and MNM Sports are usually many well-known clients such as the Montreal canadiens and the Cirque du Soleil.
Companies M&M Graphic and MNM Sports produce such decorative elements for the organization of the Montreal canadiens.
Asked about his mandate with the popular hockey club, owner Marc Mackarous there is a few interesting anecdotes.
“It deals with several elements of decoration, such as posters textiles at the Bell Centre, for example, he says. It sometimes gives rise to orders of last minute when there is a transaction. I remember the day when P. K. Subban was traded, we had a “rush”. There were several pictures of him at the Bell Centre and a prestigious organization such as the Canadian will not leave to view a poster of a player who is no longer with the team.”
Although guided by the obligation of professional secrecy, Mr. Mackarous will not learn without a doubt never a transaction of CH before all the world, but it sometimes receives the indices.
“I remember the day when Alex Kovalev was traded to Montreal (in march 2004), I was simply told: “prepare yourself, we are going to have things to send you”, he says. There were already rumors that had begun circulating for Kovalev, one could therefore guess that it was coming.”
Pending the resumption of amateur and professional sport, the company of Montreal North, produces not only covers insulation, but also masks in fabric. This time, the product is mainly private enterprises, especially in the field of construction.
“We are able to produce approximately 3000 masks during an eight-hour shift of work, it offers to private companies, because it would take months before they are approved for medical purposes,” says Marc Mackarous.
Already, the masks are experiencing a certain success, since the sublimation printing allows you to add corporate logos, an idea that appeals to many companies. Some regular customers of the sports themselves have already demonstrated an interest in masks. This is the case of the 4 Knights Easton, a health club, fastpitch to four players, which usually have shows during the summer period.
“We’ve sent a sample, reveals the Québécois. They are considering strongly to order as a promotional item or can even be distribute to the spectators if he can make the parties, this summer.”