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NAM’s Timmons Applauds Manufacturers for Stepping Up


National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons recently applauded American manufacturers for stepping up to supply desperately needed health care equipment during the COVID-19 crisis.

Timmons lauded manufacturers for implementing best practices to become difference makers in the battle against the coronavirus.

“Take, for example, Marlin Steel in Baltimore, a wire products manufacturer,” Timmons said. “[The company recently] received an emergency order to make wire racks for test tubes for COVID-19 testing. [It] hadn’t made test-tube racks before but volunteered to work all weekend to get it done, and they shipped out [two days later]. That’s the kind of story we’re hearing over and over across the country, on a large and small scale.”

Other manufacturers have also pitched in to provide much-needed medical supplies. According to NAM:

• A manufacturer provided 75,000 gloves, 3,000 Tyvek suits and nearly 20,000 face masks that were sent to New York City.

• Another company supplied 225,000 gowns and 224,250 over-the-shoe booties to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

• NAM also helped facilitate one manufacturer’s ability to provide 38 million gloves to FEMA and other critical medical destinations.

Over the past few days, the NAM has seen: 116 companies provide gloves; 106 companies provide protectives units; and 116 companies provide over-the-shoe booties.

“Manufacturers are producing as much as we possibly can, and whether the Defense Production Act (DPA) is in effect or not, you know, manufacturers aren’t going to be compelled to do the right thing because we already are,” Timmons said. “Manufacturers are doing everything we can every single day to meet the significant needs for personal protective equipment medical supplies.”

Timmons also highlighted many NAM priorities included in the Senate-passed stimulus package and reiterated the need for state and local officials to deem the manufacturing supply chain as essential.

“It’s been said that this is like a war,” Timmons noted. “And in World War II, we were the arsenal of democracy. Today, manufacturers are called to arm our health care workers in the battle with this deadly virus. But it goes beyond the front lines at the hospital. Our grocery stores must be stocked. Our electricity must keep running. Our devices must keep us connected. Our lives may be socially distant, but life goes on. And that means manufacturers must keep making daily life possible.”


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