Tracker: How Businesses Are Accelerating Production of Critical Medical Supplies to Combat the Coronavirus

The American business community is stepping up to combat the coronavirus — from developing life-saving antivirals to manufacturing essential products to providing critical services that keep Americans safe.

As demand surges for supplies like ventilators, personal protective gear, hand sanitizer and more, businesses large and small are going to extraordinary lengths — some ramping up production of products they already make, while others are shifting their production to start making supplies they've never before manufactured. See below for some of the many examples. 

For a more expansive list of how companies are responding to and combatting the pandemic — including corporate aid contributions and programs to support affected workers, customers and communities — please visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Corporate Aid Tracker.

Disclaimer: The tracker below is a compilation of publicly available and company-submitted data and may not be fully representative of all activities. This tracker was last updated May 12, 2020 and will be updated frequently.


3M

In production: N95 masks and respirators

3M has doubled its global output of N95 respirators to an annual rate of over 1.1 billion per year, or nearly 100 million per month globally. The recently enacted expansion of the U.S. PREP Act helps ensure both surgical and standard N95 respirators will be readily available for use by hospitals and healthcare workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, 3M announced that they will import 166.5 million respirators over the next three months primarily from its manufacturing facility in China. These imports will supplement the 35 million N95 respirators the company currently produces per month in the United States. 


Abbott

In production: Laboratory tests 

Abbott has launched a test that can detect COVID-19 in as little as 5 minutes, and plans to supply 50,000 tests per day starting April 1. Previously, Abbott’s m2000 RealTime system got FDA approval for use in hospitals and molecular laboratories to diagnose the infection. That system can churn through more tests on a daily basis, up to 1 million a week, but it takes longer to get the results. Those tests already have been sent to hospital and academic medical center labs in 18 states including Illinois, California, New York, Massachusetts and Washington. Abbott plans to provide at least 5 million tests a month between the two systems.


Altress

In production: Face masks

Altress, a small dressmaking company, received a request from a local New York hospital asking if the company could make surgical masks. Altress switched production and made 1,000 masks in a week, and continue to make more masks as demand increases.


Anheuser-Busch

In production: Hand sanitizer

Anheuser-Busch is producing and distributing bottles of hand sanitizer to accommodate the growing needs across the U.S. The hand sanitizer will be utilized at Red Cross blood donation centers and to support emergency shelters for future relief efforts.


Bauer

In production: Face shields

Bauer, a U.S.-based company that manufactures hockey gear, has shifted from making helmet visors to start mass production on face shields. Bauer is set to produce 300,000 units and has received interest in more than 1 million medical shields. With Bauer unable to fulfill all of the orders that are coming in, the company is urging other manufacturers to help - they published manufacturing instructions, designs and supplier information for the face shields to encourage others to begin production.


Bayer

In production: Face shields

The Bayer Corporation's Technical Discovery Center in Chesterfield, which typically produces agricultural products, is now making face shields for healthcare workers. The team partnered with Stratasys, a leader in 3D equipment, who supplied the open-source design for the equipment allowing the team in Chesterfield to use its 3D printers to manufacture the face shields. The team is now working with an external partner who to help produce 500 face shields a day.


Bloom Energy

In production: Ventilators

Bloom Energy, a California fuel-cell business that repairs old fuel-cell power generators, has partnered with Almo Corporation to refurbish unused, out-of-warranty ventilators and ship them to state agencies and hospitals throughout the country. After talking with the governor’s office, Bloom Energy picked up 24 old ventilators, stockpiled by the state from the H5N1 outbreak in the mid-2000s, and within 24 hours a small team of employees had refurbished them all. With that turnaround time, the company estimates it could refurbish up to one thousand a week. Once certified, the machines will be put to use in hospitals.


Boeing

In production: Face shields

Boeing is activating its additive manufacturing network to 3D-print face shields for health care workers. The company announced it is targeting an initial production rate of several thousand face shields a week. The company is also offering the use of the Boeing Dreamlifter, one of the largest cargo carriers in the world, to help transport critical and urgently needed supplies to health care professionals.


Brooks Brothers

In production: Face masks

Brooks Brothers has converted their New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to now making masks and gowns. Brooks Brothers plans to produce up to 150,000 masks per day on an ongoing basis, to help increase access to protective gear for health care workers and others battling the spread of COVID-19 at the nation’s hospitals and other facilities. The company will also be producing gowns.


Brookville Glove Manufacturing

In production: Face masks

Brookville Glove Manufacturing, a small business that has made work gloves and other gear since 1883, has now started making protective face masks for health care workers after they received a call from a large senior care provider. One care facility ordered 20,000 of the washable and reusable masks for its employees, and orders keep coming in.


Bullard

In production: Face shields

Bullard, a small business that manufactures safety equipment, hard hats, fire helmets, thermal imaging cameras and also respiratory protection, is now working around the clock to produce highly sought-after products like face shields for healthcare workers. The company has been manufacturing more than five times more than they used to, and still trying to increase the capacity every day.


Compass Coffee and Republic Restoratives

In production: Hand sanitizer

Compass Coffee and Republic Restore in DC are working with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's office to produce a thousand gallons each of hand sanitizer, which were first sent to first responders, health workers, and critical government personnel. The sanitizer is now available for sale in Compass Coffee cafes as well.


Distilled Spirits Council

In production: Hand sanitizer

The Distilled Spirits Council is tracking distilleries across the country that have switched their production of spirits to start making hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19. The Distilled Spirits Council has created a map showing over 500 distilleries who are now making hand sanitizer for their local communities and beyond. They have also created a portal to connect distilleries with the necessary supplies—bottles and other containers, labels, hydrogen peroxide, glycerol, and anything else needed to make hand sanitizer. 


Dow Chemical

In production: Hand sanitizer

Dow Chemical is expanding its efforts to fight the novel coronavirus by shifting production at some of its plants around the world to making hand sanitizer. The company will use five facilities to produce more than 880,000 eight-ounce bottles, which will be donated to health systems and governments.


DuPont

In production: Tyvek® garments

DuPont has significantly increased the production of the most requested Tyvek® garments. DuPont has fully activated 19 garment production facilities across 9 countries to deliver more than 9 million garments per month. These garments are being supplied through government agencies and commercial distribution channels in support of the COVID-19 response. 


ExxonMobil

In production: Critical raw materials for masks, gowns and hand sanitizer

ExxonMobil has increased its capability to manufacture critical raw materials for masks, gowns, and hand sanitizer. The company has increased the production of specialized polypropylene, used in medical masks and gowns, by about 1,000 tonnes per month, which is enough to enable production of up to 200 million medical masks or 20 million gowns. In addition, monthly production of isopropyl alcohol – a key ingredient in many disinfectant and hand sanitizer products – has been increased by 3,000 tonnes, which is enough to enable production of up to 50 million 4-ounce bottles of medical-grade hand sanitizer.

Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with the Global Center for Medical Innovation to rapidly redesign and manufacture reusable personal protection equipment, such as face shields and masks, for health care workers. Once approved, production will begin immediately and could produce as many as 40,000 ready-to-use masks and filter cartridges per hour. 


Fanatics

In production: Face masks and gowns 

Fanatics, the company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball, has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Fanatics started fashioning masks and gowns on March 24, and hope to produce nearly 15,000 masks and gowns a day


Fiat Chrysler Automobilies

In production: Face masks

Fiat Chrysler has confirmed plans to produce 1 million face masks a month which will be donated to police, emergency medical staff, firefighters and to workers in hospitals and health care clinics in North America.


Fit USA Manufacturing

In production: Face masks and gowns

Fit USA Manufacturing, a company that typically manufactures sports apparel, is now making masks and gowns for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has already made and shipped 25,000 face masks, with a goal to manufacture a million masks a week.


Ford

In production: Face shields

Ford’s U.S. design team started making transparent full-face shields for medical workers and first responders. The company announced they have already produced and shipped 1 million face shields, and workers are making one face shield every 10 seconds with a goal of shipping out 750,000 face shields around the country per week.


Ford / 3M

In production: Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

Ford, in collaboration with 3M, is producing new powered air-purifying respirators to assist in protecting health-care workers from Covid-19. Ford will use one of their plants in suburban Detroit, and the work will be done by about 90 paid volunteers from the United Auto Workers union. The facility will have the ability to make 100,000 or more respirators. Once approved, 3M will distribute the respirators through its U.S. network.


Ford Motor Company / GE Healthcare

In production: Ventilators

Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, will begin producing a third-party ventilator with the goal to produce 50,000 of the vitally needed units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed. Ford will provide its manufacturing capabilities to quickly scale production, and GE Healthcare will provide its clinical expertise and will license the current ventilator design from Airon Corp. – a small, privately held company specializing in high-tech pneumatic life support products.


Garb2Art

In production: Hand sanitizer

Garb2Art, a small cosmetics company, has changed their production process and expanded staff to start making hand sanitizer. The company sold 50,00 bottles during the first week of production and plans to double that in the second week.


GM/Ventec

In production: Ventilators

GM and Ventec are working together to provide ventilators for FEMA.  Ventec and GM’s joint ventilator manufacturing will take place on GM’s plant in Indiana, and the companies aim to produce 30,000 ventilators for the national stockpile between April and August


HanesBrands

In production: Face masks

HanesBrands is converting production of apparel to production of cotton face masks approved by the FDA for use when N95 respirator masks are not required (or not available). Hanes expects to ramp up to production of 1.5 million masks weekly, and the consortium of companies it has joined, led by Parkdale Mills America, is expected to ramp up to production of 5 million to 6 million masks weekly using HanesBrands’ design and patterns.


Honeywell

In production: N95 masks

Honeywell is ramping up production and making millions of N95 masks to help arm healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic from the front lines. The masks will be delivered to the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure quick delivery to those in need. 


Jockey International

In production: Personal protective equipment

Jockey Interational is donating personal protective equipment on a national level for health care workers battling the coronavirus. The company is working with Encompass Group, a Georgia-based maker of disposable and single-use medical products, to restart production of tier 3 isolation gowns. Jockey is planning to initially donate 250,000 gowns at a pace of 30,000 to 50,000 units per week. As production ramps up, the company said it will assess the ability to increase output. The company is working with FEMA and the FDA to make sure high-priority medical facilities and testing sites for COVID-19 get the initial deliveries of gowns.


Johnson & Johnson

In production: Vaccine for COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to commit more than $1 billion to co-fund vaccine research, development, and clinical testing. As part of its commitment, Johnson & Johnson is also expanding their global manufacturing capacity, including through the establishment of new U.S. vaccine manufacturing capabilities and scaling up capacity in other countries. The additional capacity will assist in the rapid production of a vaccine and will enable the supply of more than one billion doses of a safe and effective vaccine globally.


Kaas Tailored

In production: Face masks

Kaas Tailored, a company that typically produces stylish couches and chairs, moved on to making surgical masks amid the coronavirus outbreak. In partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health, Kaas Tailored made more than 5,600 masks and close to 1,000 face shields in just two days and has plans to increase production.


Kepner Scott Shoe Company

In production: Face masks

Kepner Scott Shoe Company is now using part of its factory space to make cotton masks for local community medical workers. The company's mask design was approved by a Pennsylvania healthcare provider and the company creates around 300 masks daily


Kitsbow

In production: Face masks and face shields

Kitsbow, a cycling apparel company in North Carolina, has shifted production to start making face masks and face shields. Seven days after developing the concept, the company has ongoing orders for 100,000 face shields and 100,000 masks to be produced each week and distributed throughout the 29 counties of the Western North Carolina region.


Lilly / AbCellera 

In production: Antibody products for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19

Lilly and AbCellera are partnering to co-develop antibody products for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. The collaboration will leverage AbCellera's rapid pandemic response platform and Lilly's global capabilities for rapid development, manufacturing and distribution of therapeutic antibodies. AbCellera and Lilly have committed to equally share initial development costs towards a product, after which Lilly will be responsible for all further development, manufacturing and distribution. Lilly will then work with global regulators to bring a treatment to patients.


Medtronic

In production; Ventilators

Medtronic has ramped up production of its high-performance ventilators by more than 40 percent. The company has increased production from approximately 100 ventilators pre-pandemic to more than 225 vents per week to date, with plans to double that again to more than 500 vents per week. In addition, the company is working with third parties to explore other non-traditional mechanisms to increase production of ventilators, including providing its intellectual property and ventilator designs to the public for third-party ventilator production.


My Pillow

In production: Face masks

My Pillow has started manufacturing masks for healthcare workers. The company was previously making 10,000 masks per day, and the CEO anounced plans to ramp up production to 50,000 masks per day. The masks will be distributed to healthcare workers across the county.


Nordstrom

In production: Face masks

Nordstrom is sewing more than 100,000 masks that will be sanitized before being distributed to healthcare workers across the country. Nordstrom has teamed up with Kaas Tailored to have members of their Alterations teams in Washington, Oregon, Texas and California sew more than 100,000 masks that will be given back to Kaas for sanitization, who will then distribute to Providence Health & Services.


ResMed

In production: Ventilators

ResMed, a San Diego-based company, is ramping up its production of ventilators to meet rising demand around the world. The company said they began increasing production in January when the outbreak was spreading in China. The company is aiming to double or triple the output of ventilators, and scale up ventilation mask production more than tenfold.


Roche

In production: cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test

Roche has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test, which is used to detect the novel virus that causes COVID-19 disease. Once authorized, the company will have millions of tests a month available. Hospitals and reference laboratories can run the test on Roche’s fully automated cobas® 6800 and cobas® 8800 Systems, which are widely available in the U.S. and around the world. 


Siemens Healthineers

In production: Antibody test to detect presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies 

Siemens Healthineers is expanding its infectious disease testing capabilities to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the critical need for accurate diagnostic testing to manage COVID-19, the company has developed a laboratory-based total antibody test to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in blood. The test will be available on the Atellica® Solution immunoassay analyzer, which can run up to 440 tests per hour and will enable a result in just 14 minutes. Siemens Healthineers anticipates availability of the total antibody test by late May 2020. Planned expanded production in the company’s Walpole, Massachusetts manufacturing facility will accommodate more than 25 million tests per month in June and beyond. The company is pursuing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. FDA as well as the CE Mark.


Toyota

In production: Face shields, COVID-19 masks, ventilators, respirators

Toyota has taken several actions in support of curbing the spread of the virus and helping communities across North America, including producing face shields, COVID-19 masks, ventilators, and respirators. Toyota donated the first 100 shields to health care workers at Vanderbilt Medical Center.


True Value Co.

In production: Hand sanitizer and cleaning products

True Value Co., the global hardware company, has allocated part of its large paint manufacturing plant to the production of hand sanitizer and other cleaning products that will be essential amid the COVID-19 crisis. The first batch of hand sanitizer, set to include thousands of gallons, will be sent to the 4,500 True Valley Co. hardware stores for employee use in mid-April. True Value Co. aims to expand production and make the supplies and hand-sanitizer available to the public. In addition to hand sanitizer, the company is also manufacturing essential cleaning and sanitizing products such as hand soap, all-purpose cleansers with and without bleach, and degreasing cleanser. These products are quickly being produced to meet retailers’ demand to help keep their stores a safe shopping environment for customers.  


Under Armour

In production: Face shields, face masks

Under Armour has started to manufacture and assemble face masks, face shields and specially equipped fanny packs, and is also exploring fabricating hospital gowns for the statewide medical system. Under Armour has already delivered 1,300 face shields to University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and anticipates manufacturing and distributing more than 500,000 fabric face masks and assembling 50,000 specially equipped fanny packs with much needed supplies for personal preparedness kits.


Voodoo Manufacturing

In production: Personal protective equipment

Voodoo Manufacturing has repurposed its 5,000-square-foot facility to mass-produce personal protective equipment. The company has set up a website, CombatingCovid.com, where organizations in need of supplies can place orders. Voodoo aims to print at least 2,500 protective face shields weekly and can scale to larger production volumes based on demand.


Wyoming Machine

In production: Small metal plates used in the assembly of ventilators

Wyoming Machine, a small metal fabricator with fewer than 60 employees in Stacy, Minnesota, has began ramping up production of small metal plates, a precision piece used in the assembly of ventilators. Wyoming Machine usually makes 5,000 plates annually and was asked to make 10,000 before April.


Xerox

In production: Ventilators

Xerox will mass-produce disposable ventilators in partnership with Vortran Medical Technology. Xerox will help Vortran, a small medical-device manufacturer, scale production of its GO2Vent ventilator and related airway pressure monitor, APM-Plus, from approximately 15,000 before the crisis and 40,000 ventilators in April to between 150,000 and 200,000 a month by June. Their goal is to eventually produce as many as 1 million of these ventilators for both the U.S. and global markets.

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