Vermont, along with the rest of the world, is dealing with an unprecedented public health emergency. The toll on our communities and businesses has been significant.

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts supply chains and reveals shortages of emergency health care supplies needed by hospitals, Vermont’s manufacturing community is stepping up with innovation, commitment to community, and action.

To support the fight against COVID-19, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, partnering with state and federal government agencies, is engaging manufacturers to quickly locate urgently needed medical supplies and to identify manufacturers who can retrofit and adapt their operations to manufacture essential personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices, and life-saving medicines.

Personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, ventilators, and hand sanitizer, top the list of most-needed supplies. And Vermont manufacturers are stepping up to the plate. GlobalFoundries has donated N95 masks to Vermont Emergency Management and is providing technical specifications for additional items. Generator is prototyping, testing, and planning the production of PPE including face shields, N95 masks, and ventilators. Vermont Teddy Bear is sewing more than 4,000 face masks so that N95 masks can be reserved for health care workers on the front lines. And distilleries around Vermont, including Green Mountain Distillers, SILO Distillery, Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, Mad River Distillers, and Smugglers’ Notch Distillery are producing hand sanitizer and giving it to those in need. Additional manufacturers from Manufacturing Solutions Inc., Fulflex and Revision Military to Collins Aerospace and Stephens Precision have also stepped forward with readiness to aid in the production of PPE.

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