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Alabama senator proposes his state become a PPE manufacturing hub

June 15th, 2020 / By: / COVID-19, News

According to WKRG News, Sen. Doug Jones wants his state of Alabama to become a hub of manufacturing for healthcare equipment needed to face and fight COVID-19.

According to WKRG, based in Huntsville, Ala., Jones has introduced legislation in the Senate that would provide incentives and tax breaks to ramp up production of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields and gowns. 

“We have to replenish the national stockpile,” Jones said in the report. “We have to have more for not only health professionals, but for business and schools so it makes sense to do all that we can through tax incentives, and other things to get those jobs here in the United States.”Jones says Alabama has a number of shuttered factories that could be repurposed. These include the Goodyear facility in Gadsden and a number of textile plants across the state that have closed over the last couple of decades, according to the WKRG report. More information is available at