Statement on the Venerability of the US Disposable Medical Apparel and PPE Supply
HPK Industries has voiced concerns in reference to being the only full service disposable apparel PPE manufacturer with production facilities entirely in the United States. We have raised awareness to the venerability of the supply chain as a national security issue with the United States Government. Legislative change is need in order to prevent a catastrophe in the United States. During the 1990’s, the transition to commercially available products, from products manufactured specifically for the United States government and its agencies. This opened up supply to products made in foreign countries. However, this has exposed the United States to situation of little to no supply in times of crisis, as there is very little capacity to manufacture products domestically if needed. U.S manufacturers will not make significant investments in a time of crisis, to ramp up production, only to have the product resume supply from lower cost offshore producers when the crisis ends.
It is our intent to raise awareness regarding the importance of prevention and readiness by creating and maintaining an infrastructure for an American-made disposable apparel supply. Currently, 97% of the disposable apparel supply is made outside of the United States, specifically China, putting the supply at risk in the hands of foreign government-controlled manufacturing.
During the relatively mild H1N1 outbreak of 2009/2010, two of the five foreign manufacturers that made America’s vaccines diverted vaccines intended for America to their own country, reducing the US supply. SMSA envisions a similar scenario in the case of an infectious disease pandemic. Simply put, the United States is not prepared to meet the needs of the country with its domestic manufacturing capacity for Disposable Apparel and PPE.
To strengthen America’s future vaccine supply, the US government funded three domestic vaccine manufacturing facilities. The government believes that a US-controlled supply is a more secure supply.
HPK has expressed concern to the United States Government representatives about the availability of America’s foreign reliance on foreign supplied PPE and Disposable Apparel. HPK is pleased to announce our local Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), along with Tom Reed (NY-23), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Will Hurd (TX-23), Tom Suozzi (NY-03) and Dean Phillips (MN-03), introduced the Made in America Emergency Preparedness Act. This legislation aims to strengthen the manufacturing industry and bolster the supply chain of emergency resources for future crisis. Additionally, the bill aims to make sure America is better prepared for national emergencies like a global pandemic moving forward. HPK believes it is critical that domestic manufacturing capacity be increased by encouraging US companies to bring their factories back to the United States. Medical Supplies manufactured in the United States should receive a preference on Federal Contracts for national security reasons. There needs to be US domestic infrastructure and domestic supply chain in place in order to protect the United States. We sincerely hope this bill will become a law.