Supply chains get tripped up due to “essential” and “non-essential” designation

March 30th, 2020

The need for more medical textile products, such as face masks and hospital gowns, has been well publicized since the exponential growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. But equally important is a means to get the materials required to make the products, a means of transportation to move materials and end products and getting the final […]

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IPC to host weekly Zoom meetings

March 30th, 2020

IPC, a global association that serves the electronics industry, has launched an online community and will host weekly Zoom meetings to collaborate and help one another through the COVID-19 crisis. The meetings are open to anyone, including those from the general textile community. More information can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ipc-e-textiles-committee-launches-covid-19-response-open-jorgensen/?trackingId=f6wLL3TfTDuGye0HwEk3TQ%3D%3D. Chris Jorgensen, director of IPC technology […]

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New COVID-19 procurement guidance announced from DHS and FEMA

March 30th, 2020

Dear IFAI Members: We have received updated information from the federal government regarding COVID-19 procurement. This new guidance comes from the National Risk Management Center at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supersedes any previous directive to contact FEMA with contracting proposals. Point 1 listed below provides a new site to submit contract proposals. […]

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Full text of CARES Act available for review

March 30th, 2020

The U.S. Congress has posted the full text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The $2.2 trillion historic act offers assistance to businesses and citizens impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text

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Accounting resources to explain CARES Act

March 30th, 2020

The CPA Practice Advisor has posted a helpful summary of the most massive stimulus bill in American history—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act will provide billions of dollars of relief to individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and the health care system suffering the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus […]

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Economic stimulus offers resources for businesses and individuals

March 30th, 2020

President Donald Trump has signed the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. The $2.2 trillion package includes $1,200 checks for many citizens, billions of dollars for company payrolls and expanded unemployment benefits.  Fortune magazine’s Q and A provides a breakdown of what American companies and individuals can expect in the weeks ahead for checks and […]

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Taking action

March 30th, 2020

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19. This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky […]

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Comprehensive listing of government websites

March 27th, 2020

FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with numerous online listings related to COVID-19 resources. To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – […]

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SCORE launches coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Resource Center

March 27th, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, has launched the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Center, a central hub of up-to-date information and best practices for small business resilience at this time. The completely free resource center includes financial support resources, live and on-demand educational content and access […]

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Top Value Fabrics lists fabric availability

March 27th, 2020

Top Value Fabrics (TVF) offers several non-medical grade fabrics that can be used for gowns and could help reduce the amount of particles expelled when coughing/breathing or work as covers for N-95 masks. TVF does not offer medical grade fabrics that will perform to the standards outlined by the CDC for N-95 masksBelow you will […]

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