Milliken & Company, the new owner of Polartec, has increased U.S. production of its BioSmart® fabric, a patented bleach-activated technology that uses the power of readily available chlorine bleach to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses. With the increased need for medical protective clothing during the ongoing corona crisis, the textile company has prioritized the material in its supply chain to better protect healthcare workers in the United States who are regularly exposed to bacteria and viruses. “Milliken and its manufacturing and distribution partners are working together to channel the stock of BioSmart, finished garments and curtains to those on the front line,” the company said in a press release.