Equipment manufacturers across the country have stepped up to support state and federal COVID-19 relief efforts, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers said in an April 9 statement.
Vice President Mike Pence recently commended several of AEM’s member companies for their actions when he spoke to the AEM board of directors on March 25, the statement said.
AEM is encouraging member companies to look at their inventories and determine what they can donate or produce in their facilities to support the urgent and ongoing need for medical supplies, personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other goods and services desperately needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The president and other leaders have made urgent requests for businesses to provide needed supplies, and we’re supporting that message by encouraging our members to participate and do what they can both locally and nationally,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Our member companies have state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and inventories of supplies, and we know they will respond to this call to support their county during this time, and as manufacturers have done during our history.”
AEM member companies can visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website to report how they can donate medical supplies or equipment. Companies can also reach out to the Department of Homeland Security Procurement Action Innovative Response team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov to provide nonmedical goods or services.
AEM asked members to update the association about their relief efforts by emailing AEM Advisor Editor Mike Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org. AEM will be highlighting member companies’ efforts and sharing stories about the industry’s collective efforts in the coming weeks, the association said.