Americans are at it again. With consumption down dramatically because of shelter-in-place and other directives, many companies have idled their normal production lines. But instead of laying off workers and closing their doors to wait for better times, many are retooling to produce the medical supplies we desperately need.
On Monday evening, President Trump highlighted several of them during his daily press conference.
Undergarment maker Jockey is now producing 30,000 to 50,000 medical gowns a week. CEO Debra Waller noted the company’s long commitment to national service by recalling that her company made parachutes during previous wars.
United Technologies Corporation, which already makes personal protective equipment (PPE), donated 90,000 pieces of PPE in the past week and plans to donate more than one million pieces next week.
Ford Motor Company intends to produce 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days.
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell said the company plans to shift 75% of its capacity from pillows to N95 medical masks, and will produce 50,000 per day starting Friday.
Biotech and pharmaceutical companies have also redirected their efforts toward therapeutics and vaccines. The faster we get positive medical results, the faster we can reopen the nation.