AWB, as the state's manufacturing association, is working with the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington State Hospital Association, the governor's office and the National Association of Manufacturers to help coordinate manufacturers who are able and willing to step up to make the personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical gear desperately needed to respond to COVID-19.
How to Help
Many Washington manufacturers have stepped up to produce much-needed equipment to help respond to COVID-19. From distilleries making hand sanitizer to companies like the Fluke Corporation, Kaas Tailored and GM Nameplate making medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), the manufacturers of our state have stepped up.
Manufacturers have several ways to engage at this point, and all are worth pursuing.
What you can do now
- On a statewide level, the Washington Department of Commerce has a portal for manufacturers to register.
- On a national level, the National Association of Manufacturers has created a COVID-19 portal on its Manufacturers Marketplace. This is a free site for manufacturers to register what they can create, and a place to find suppliers.
- The FEMA PPE Exchange dashboard is a place where the private sector posts PPE that is needed or available for purchase.
- SAP has released software for customers and prospects to use for free during the COVID period. There are several tools within the supply chain collaboration. Companies can put up their products and also search for their products – no cost.
- Support FEMA's response to COVID-19 by selling medical supplies at Sam.gov.
- The Project N95 is also coordinating creation of PPE. ASTM International is providing no-cost guidance on key manufacturing standards for PPE. And ISO has a page of freely available COVID-19 standards.
Manufacturing keeps America strong, and that’s more true now than ever before.