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Chamber Provides 5,000 Masks to Small Business Members in Need Through UniFirst Partnership

June 30, 2020
The Detroit Regional Chamber, in partnership with UniFirst Corporation, is helping connect small businesses in the region with protective face coverings. As the state continues to gradually reopen, personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to keep employees and consumers safe. Are you a small business Chamber member in need of masks? Contact Kimberly Blackmon at to submit a request.

View the release below for more details about this partnership.

UniFirst Corporation Partners with the Detroit and Pontiac Chambers of Commerce to Donate 10,000 Protective Face Masks to Local Businesses

North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs gives back to small business community in support of economy reopening

WHAT: UniFirst Corporation is partnering with the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce to donate a total of 10,000 protective face masks to local businesses in need, as part of a company-wide initiative to support the small business community across the country. As state shutdowns are lifted and the economy begins to reopen, many small business owners, the everyday heroes on the front lines of the recovery, are struggling to source and provide their staff with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) required to meet government guidelines. The Chambers will have the opportunity to divide and share the donated masks with local companies of their choosing as they continue to support these communities.

The donation is part of a UniFirst company-wide initiative to support business revitalization in UniFirst markets around the country, prioritizing regions where resources are not as readily available. 


  • UniFirst General Manager Earl Harris
  • UniFirst General Manager Kevin Smith
  • Detroit Regional Chamber Chief Operating Officer Tammy Carnrike
  • Detroit Regional Chamber Director of Entrepreneurship Devon O’Reilly
  • Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Damany Head

About UniFirst
Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with 260 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 888.399.6167 or visit

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the unique in the nation Mackinac Policy Conference. 

About the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce
We are here with the purpose of promoting and protecting the interest of businesses in the City of Pontiac. We accomplish this by working with Main Street Pontiac, the Mayor, City Council and the Office of Economic Development. After 100 years of working in the City of Pontiac we are creating new levels of Prosperity in and around the city of Pontiac.