Chuck Spangler, president of the non-profit S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership, prompted the state’s manufacturers to report their capacity for producing critical needs medical supplies in a survey and list posted Monday.
Roughly 50 companies across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia have responded to the organization’s survey with “a huge response” within the state, according to Brooke Splawn, a representative of SCMEP.
“We’ve been getting a lot of gowns, masks and hand sanitizer,” Splawn said concerning the types of products manufacturers have reported so far. She said chemical companies across the state have been some of the most responsive due to their ability to quickly pivot to create disinfectants and other products.
The list, created by the national public-private Manufacturing Extension Partnership, features different items than those on the National Manufacturing Association’s survey forwarded by the S.C. Economic Developers Association last week.
Spangler also said in an email that he is working with manufacturers to respond to requests from healthcare representatives for gowns, face shields and both regular and N95 masks.
Critical needs items on the list include: