Repurposing and Retooling to Make PPE
As the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has unfolded, health care providers have sought help to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enable health care workers to safely care for patients. At the same time, manufacturers have reached out to seek guidance on how they can retool or repurpose to contribute to the cause.
Ohioans' actions are critical to "flattening the curve" and protecting our communities and health care workers. The situation is critical and urgent, and we are moving quickly.Download list of PPE
In response to the COVID-19 challenges, The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (Ohio MEP), nursing homes and JobsOhio have joined forces through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. This collaborative effort will engage manufacturers to see which companies have interest in repurposing their manufacturing operations to produce some of the most in-demand products in the fight against COVID-19, especially products for the health care industry.
The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance is guiding manufacturers to help them learn what types of equipment are most needed and how to adapt current products, operations and personnel to meet the need. Ohio MEP, with its partner organization MAGNET in a lead role, is providing engineering capabilities and technical support to make PPE alternatives when possible. OMA is managing outreach to manufacturers, and OHA and nursing homes are providing insights on the products most needed. JobsOhio is providing regional support and financial assistance, where appropriate, to accelerate production.
The Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA) – outreach to manufacturing companies to promote participation.
Ohio Hospital Association – outreach to health care community to determine needs and priorities.
Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP) and MAGNET – manage demand, supply and engineering support.
JobsOhio – outreach to manufacturing companies via its regional network and financial support to accelerate production.
The project includes three inter-related workstreams:
Demand Lead will act as the primary contact for all health care providers, first responders, or frontline health care teams in need of essential PPE to gather information such as products needed, priorities, quantities and specifications.
Supply Lead will serve as the primary contact for all manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors that have volunteered to gather information on companies’ geographic reach, capabilities and capacity, retooling needs and on-hand inventories of products and raw materials.
Engineering Team will:
The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance can help your company play an important role in responding to the challenge of COVID-19.
If you are a manufacturer with the potential competencies and capacity to contribute, please complete a short survey.Take Survey
After you complete the survey, if you have PPE or related materials ready for the market you can list it on the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers Exchange with our confirmation that you are a retooled or repurposed Ohio manufacturer.
Or, if you have questions or are not a manufacturer, but have a comment, please contact us.