A statewide platform is being activated to connect Michigan employers with suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment. Executive orders require businesses to supply the equipment to their employees to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This requirement is both an added expense and an added stress as the equipment can be hard to find. The Pure Michigan Business Connect program has launched the free PMBC COVID-19 Procurement Platform to connect businesses who need the PPE with the Michigan suppliers who are selling it.
Items like face masks, face shields, gloves, goggles and other materials are being manufactured by Michigan industries. The Platform was rolled out in March, but is being ramped up in response to the needs of businesses who are opening back up and working to fulfill the safety guidelines required by the state.
According to a press release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, over 900 companies and 1800 suppliers have registered with the portal. Businesses with needs of all types and sizes are encouraged to go to www.michiganbusiness.org/ppe to get connected to the PPE that they need to safely reopen.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland