April 16, 2020
A jacket, a shirt, and a duffel bag...What do they all have in common? Companies that manufacture these products in their own facilities on American soil are responding to the call for personal protective equipment (PPE) swiftly. In 2007, U.S. textile workers produced approximately 60 percent more goods per hour of work than they had in 1990. And yet, just over 105,000 employees were left in the apparel manufacturing sector, with only about 2 percent of clothes sold in America made domestically. Why are some of these companies deciding to make PPE and how could it be that the healthcare industry would become so dependent on this little engine that could in a time of crisis?