The Industry Coalition Releases Statement on PPE Policy
An industry coalition representing the full spectrum of domestic personal protective equipment (PPE) production released a statement on July 20 outlining policy principles and objectives needed for reshoring and safeguarding domestic PPE manufacturing.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed severe shortages in our nation’s PPE supply and an overreliance on foreign sourced products, underscores how important it is for the U.S. government to incentivize, support and maintain domestic manufacturing capacity for PPE.
Our association members, encompassing every segment of the U.S. textile, apparel and PPE supply chain, as well as unions representing workers, acted swiftly to convert manufacturing facilities and build supply chains virtually overnight to produce desperately needed PPE.
“We are united in our support of important principles that must be adopted in order to address our current public health needs and guarantee our nation is better prepared to respond to future emergencies,” the 21 associations said in the joint statement.
The associations are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to adopt principles outlined in the statement through legislation, executive order and other appropriate means.
Among the organizations that signed the statement were the following:
- American Iron and Steel Institute
- Hand Tools Institute
- United Steelworkers
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Reprinted from the American Iron and Steel Institute, www.steel.org.