Illinois manufacturers and biotech companies are ready to help the state’s fight against COVID-19. The Essential Equipment Task Force was created to allow for the state’s engineering and manufacturing might to be put to work in donating or making supplies that are in need and short supply. Governor JB Pritzker says that’s thousands of companies and facilities to make N95 masks, gowns, hand sanitizer and other goods. Mark Denzler is the head of the Illinois Manufacturers Association says many factories are already beginning to act
“Some manufacturers are ramping up production of current products. Others are re-purposing their facilities to meet the need.” Denzler continues “Liquor manufacturers are making sanitizer. Clothing manufacturers are making masks and gowns, plastic ejecting molding companies are making parts for testing kits. This new essential equipment task force, will help these companies collaborate, break down regulatory barriers in Washington D.C or Springfield, provide medical standards in testing and help review the validity and safety of these products. Importantly, these products will remain in Illinois to help our families and our neighbors.”
More information go to the Illinois Manufactures Association web-page, ima-net.org.