The massive infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden earlier this month includes a provision that is already prompting more investments in U.S. production of personal protective equipment.
The "Make PPE in America Act" is "critical to keeping the nation's hospitals functioning in times of crisis," Florida-based mask maker US Meltblown said in a news release.
The act requires a wide range of federal agencies to buy U.S.-made PPE while also issuing long-term contracts to U.S. manufacturers.
US Meltblown in Fort Walton Beach launched in 2020 to begin making meltblown polypropylene for PPE. It doubled production capacity once the bill passed and is now committing to quadruple its capacity within 90 days.
"We have done our part by establishing a reliable, domestic source for this vitally important PPE material," said US Meltblown founder and CEO Robert Sires. Sires also built nylon cable tie maker American Elite Molding LLC. "We are asking others to do their part by purchasing PPE products from companies here in the United States, thereby supporting the economy and better protecting American citizens."