Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says the state’s business community has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting output to produce badly needed personal protective equipment and medical gear for health care workers and ordinary citizens.
While most of these moves have been temporary, Secretary Canfield glimpses a potential opening for Alabama to become a domestic hub for permanent PPE production at a time when overseas supply lines for these items is being viewed as unreliable.
“We’ve been engaged in exploratory discussions with a number of Alabama companies about the possibility of producing protective equipment on a full-time basis as the need for a domestic pipeline for these materials becomes more apparent,” he said. “Alabama can take the lead on this important reshoring initiative, which can create jobs at home and enhance national security at the same time.”
Since shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, Secretary Canfield has headed the Business and Manufacturing Alliance, or BAMA, a task force established by Governor Kay Ivey to locate and assist producers of PPE and medical equipment and supplies across the state.