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Gerber Technology's PPE Retooling Package includes a specially configured PPE Edition
Gerber ParagonĀ® cutter and software suite. Photo: Gerber Technology.

converting their manufacturing to make
PPE, according to Marano.
Companies do not need to be Gerber
customers to use the site. "We are just
trying to do our part," he says.
Gerber has additionally empowered
manufacturers with its PPE Retooling
Package, which includes an end-to-end
suite of software, consulting and a specially
configured PPE Edition Gerber ParagonĀ®
cutter, allowing manufacturers to produce
up to 150,000 medical gowns and 6 million
nonmedical masks per week.
CREATING A PPE SUPPLY CHAIN
The COVID-19 pandemic created an
urgent need for the domestic manufacture
of millions of masks and gowns, but the
vertical supply chain model, from raw
materials to production to customer, no
longer exists within the U.S.
"If the government is sincere about
reconstituting a U.S. production chain for
medical personal protective equipment

to resolve the drastic shortages we are
experiencing during the current pandemic,
it is going to have to make key policy
changes to help incentivize domestic
production," says Kim Glas, NCTO
president and CEO.
Working through NCTO's connections
with the federal government, a group of
textile and apparel companies coalesced,
creating a vertical supply chain to facilitate
the quick and efficient manufacture of
protective products for HHS.
Comprised of yarn spinner Parkdale
Inc., apparel brands Hanesbrands Inc.
and Fruit of the Loom Inc., equipment
suppliers, and a group of textile and
apparel makers, the coalition expected to
deliver more than 320 million washable
three-ply cotton masks, made in the U.S.
and Central America, at the rate of 10
million per week.
Treated with an antimicrobial fabric
finish, the masks are not medical grade
but are approved by HHS for use by the
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