Salisbury-based clothing and boot company R.M. Williams has flagged its intention to start producing personal protective equipment shortly after closing the doors of its factory and retail stores worldwide.

According to The Advertiser, 700 R.M. Williams employees in office, retail, factory and warehouses are now out of work.

“We can do masks, we can do gowns, we can do anything that’s not technical that requires certain certification from the health ministry,” R.M. Williams boss Raju Vuppalapati told The Advertiser.

“We’re one of the few companies that have those capabilities in Adelaide.”

The company had recently invested in another production line, employing 100 extra staff in the process, now they have registered for the Federal Government’s Jobkeeper package.

Staff will receive two weeks’ salary as well as a payout of any accrued annual leave.