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Restoring America’s capacity to manufacture PPE, everything from face masks and surgical wear to medical supplies is critical to keeping the nation’s hospitals functioning in times of crisis. The “Make PPE in America Act” will require a wide range of federal agencies–including Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the Veterans Administration–to purchase American-made PPE. The bill also requires federal agencies to issue long-term contracts to U.S. manufacturers.
Covid-19 exposed the lack of domestic production of PPE (personal protective equipment), which makes the U.S. supply chain extremely vulnerable. The new “Make PPE in America Act,” part of the just-signed Infrastructure Bill, is an admission of this vulnerability and addresses the fact that the United States requires a robust, secure, and wholly domestic PPE supply chain to safeguard public health and national security.
Beginning 90 days from the Infrastructure Bill signature, and to ensure sustainment and expansion of PPE manufacturing in the U.S., the new act requires that any contract for procurement shall:
- Be issued for a duration of 3 years to incentivize investment in the production and the materials and components in the United States.
- Be for Personal Protective Equipment that: Is grown, reprocessed, or produced in the United States, and when assembled outside the U.S., contains only materials and components that are grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.
Please note that this is NOT the same “Made In America” or “Made in USA” provision per the FTC guidelines which allows percentages of products to be sourced with resources from overseas. In the strongest sense, this new “Make PPE in America Act” is a mandate that the ingredients must be 100% made in the United States. This seismic change is needed to ensure the supply chain physically moves to and will now be controlled within the United States. “This is the first step in a long-term strategy that is critically needed to permanently onshore PPE production to ensure our nation is prepared for the next health security crisis,” said NCTO (National Council of Textile Organizations) President and CEO Kim Glas. “This infrastructure package will help incentivize the reshoring of PPE production by guaranteeing long-term federal contracts and expanding Berry Amendment rules to more federal agencies’ purchases of PPE products, important priories of the U.S. textile industry.”
“We at US Meltblown have done our part by establishing a reliable, domestic source for this vitally important PPE material,” said US Meltblown Founder and CEO Robert Sires. “We are asking others to do their part by purchasing PPE products from companies here in the United States, thereby supporting the economy and better protecting American citizens.”
US Meltblown built its business around this strategy. When the pandemic hit and the realization of how little Made In America PPE was available, US Meltblown opened its doors to begin making non-woven fabric for PPE needs. Enabling you to meet the requirements of the “Make PPE in America Act”.
Visit US Meltblown and read their latest press release on the steps that US Meltblown has taken to meet these requirements.