Business booming for Taylors Beach-based The Glove Company

TRUCKLOAD: A truckload of protective gloves ready to leave The Glove Company warehouse in Taylors Beach, with owner Grant Staples looking on.
TRUCKLOAD: A truckload of protective gloves ready to leave The Glove Company warehouse in Taylors Beach, with owner Grant Staples looking on.

The high demand by health and medical practitioners for disposal gloves as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an upside to a Port Stephens business which has seen a massive increase in sales.

Tonnes of boxes of disposable gloves have literally been trucked out the door of The Glove Company's warehouse located in Taylors Beach at an astonishing rate.

"The demand for disposable gloves has reached epic proportions. Generally in a month we would move around 30 tonne a month, so far in March we have more than tripled that amount. I expect by the end of the month that figure to be around 120 tonne," the company's owner Grant Staples said.

"We have been overwhelmed with orders. Just this morning [Friday] we had two truck loads of pallets delivered. It is heartening to know that we are doing our bit to fight COVID-19."

Grant and his wife Gaylene started The Glove Company in 2006 with one employee, producing half a tonne of product in a small factory on George Road at Salamander Bay.

Today, the multi-million business employs 12 people and stretches its product across the entire nation, as well as into New Zealand and the USA.

Grant Staples in The Glove Company's warehouse.

Grant Staples in The Glove Company's warehouse.

"I had been trained in mechanical engineering and as a coating chemist and after returning home from a trip to the USA in 2006 I came up with the concept for high performance black nitrile gloves," Mr Staples said.

"We became the first company in Australia to invent the gloves which today are being used not only in the medical sector but in a range of industries such as Defence, aviation, automotive, aerospace, mining, electrical and veterinary services.

"Some of our major clients include Repco, Blackwoods, Bursons, RSPCA and we have a contract with the Defence Department."

Part of the success of The Glove Company is that it only makes protective gloves.

"We have only ever made gloves, and we only ever will make gloves. We simply do one thing and we do it extremely well," Mr Staples said.

"We are one of the few glove manufacturers and distributors who can guarantee that our gloves have been independently tested and accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities. Authorised independent testing is super important to ensure that the gloves protect the user as described."

Nitrile has the lowest allergy rate of any glove material on the market, and has extremely high chemical resistance, strong puncture resistance and bio hazard protection. The material is considered to be food safe, and is the preferred glove material for the food industry. They are also biodegradable and environmentally friendly.