In this pandemic age, the demand for personal protection equipment (PPE) is off the charts. To be part of the PPE shortage solution, companies are reorganizing and reconfiguring their operations to a changed reality. Manufacturers worldwide are changing their production lines, ordering new raw material, and training their employees for refocused manufacturing. By pivoting their operations, these manufacturers can now produce facemasks, hand sanitizers, gowns, and gloves to meet official health care and consumer demand.
Traditionally, these companies are not PPE manufacturing specialists; despite this, they are on the fast track to retrofitting their operations, employees, and processes to meet the crisis demand.
Stand-outs in their field, these companies demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness and a fierce commitment to helping their communities.
With an impressive manufacturing capability in Hershey, PA, the Hershey Company recently announced that they are dedicating a new manufacturing line for the production of disposable facemasks (non-Chocolate 😊) with the ability of producing up to 45,000 masks daily. By committing $1 million to the acquisition, installation, and staffing of these masks, Hershey’s goal is to continue its legacy of supporting jobs, initiatives, and causes that promote the original mission of its founder, Milton Hershey.
The Hershey Company, along with dozens of other apparel and home goods manufacturers, are retooling their facilities to take on the unprecedented face mask demand. Adding to its impressive online apparel offerings, multi-media and entertainment giant, the Walt Disney Company now offers face masks in a variety of Disney themes in three different size options.
Traditional hand sanitizer companies, such as Bath and Body Works, are unable to keep up with the overwhelming need to clean hands on-the-go. Fortunately, alcohol distilleries, personal care companies, and others have heeded the call for more hand sanitizers to be placed into production. Companies, such as Koolau Distillery, are generously donating hand sanitizers to healthcare workers, first responders, and civil service providers. To accommodate global demand, the largest worldwide brewery, Anheuser-Busch will soon be producing and distributing hand sanitizers.
With a growing list of global pandemic hot spots, the need for PPE will not dissipate anytime soon. Fortunately, many worldwide companies are contributing to the cause by changing their global operations to meet the unprecedented demand.