ORÅ and Domestic Manufacturing

ORÅ and Domestic Manufacturing
ORÅ masks are proudly made in the USA. In today’s blog, we want to talk about how domestic manufacturing is not only important to ORÅ, but the nation as well.

Let’s first dive into the benefits of domestic manufacturing.


The Benefits of Domestic Manufacturing 

ORÅ's Senior Mechanical Engineer running diagnostics. Image taken by: Vince Madrigal / ORÅ Brands


Here are 3 areas of infrastructure that benefit from domestic manufacturing:


Manufacturing production and economic growth are directly proportional to each other meaning that increasing domestic manufacturing leads to a growth in the economy. Saudi Arabia’s industrial output averaged an annual growth rate of 6% 1985 to 2015. During this time, its workforce doubled from 400,000 to 800,000. In 2019’s second quarter, manufacturing made up 11% of the GDP- the lowest it has been in 72 years.


International ocean shipping accounts for 3% of the world’s Carbon Dioxide emissions- that’s 300 million tons of greenhouse gasses. Bringing manufacturing domestically cuts down the need for international transit which ultimately leads to having a lower carbon footprint.

National Security

International dependency on manufacturing goods such as steel, cement, and medical supplies pose a threat to national security, especially during and after times of crisis. During a 2013 moderated panel that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, (then) current Secretary Janet Napolitano uses the Hurricane Sandy response time as an example of how a lack of domestic manufacturing threatens national security. “Utilities use these big transformers to supply power. They are all made overseas. We have lost any domestic production whatsoever. And they’re big and they’re really expensive and they take a long time to move. After Sandy, we needed transformers and that whole process, I think, fed into some of the delay in getting the lights turned back on.”

Early Pandemic Supply Shortage 

Image taken by: Qilai Shen/ Getty Images


The first case of Coronavirus detected on U.S. soil happened on January 22, 2020. At the time, Texas-based Prestige Ameritech was one of the few remaining mask manufacturers in the United States.  Executive Vice President Mike Bowens offered to make the government around 1.7 million masks in one week’s time during the earliest days of the pandemic. It sadly fell on deaf ears. 

On January 26th, 2020, Bowens warned Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, that:

“The U.S. mask supply is at imminent risk.” 

More than 90% of the surgical masks sold in the United States are produced overseas. China produces around 20 million masks a day, making up 50% of the world’s mask supply. Taiwan makes up 20% of the world’s supply of face masks. 

Though there were hundreds of millions of masks being produced, travel bans and restrictions made it difficult to alleviate the growing demand for protective equipment around the globe and on our shores. As predicted by the two former Homeland Security Secretaries, dependency on overseas manufacturing threatened national security and severely slowed down recovery from this crisis.


ORÅ Manufacturing, Research, and Development

ORÅ's COO, Chairwoman, and CEO checking product quality. Image taken by: Vince Madrigal / ORÅ Brands

For the benefit of the economy, the environment and our national security, ORÅ prioritized bringing our manufacturing to U.S. soil. Since our crowdfunding campaign during our genesis, our reusable Nano Masks are cut and sewn by production facilities in San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the start of 2021, we relocated to a new facility in Reno, Nevada where we’ve set up an automated machine that produces masks and a space to continue our research and development on our path to innovative nano-technology applied products. 

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