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:
Early Pandemic Supply Shortage
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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.