ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipment materials is taking place at a new center in Asheville. A plan created through a partnership between HCA Healthcare and global company HealthTrust not only gets another leg up on the pandemic, but also helps the community they serve.
The new site will produce PPE Level 1 and Level 3 masks starting in early 2021.
“This new PPE manufacturing center in Asheville will help ensure access to quality masks made domestically,” Greg Lowe, President, HCA Healthcare North Carolina said. “Should there be a surge in demand similar to what was experienced in the first half of 2020, we will take comfort knowing that we will have the flexibility to ramp up production capacity to meet growing demand.”
Lowe also said the new business not only benefits our local area with new jobs for skilled workers and decreases our dependence on overseas supplies, “but it will further our support of caregivers on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19.”
Executive Director of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County Clark Duncan said onshoring the manufacture of critical PPE products will benefit both the economy and long term public health of our region.
“We’re grateful for the work and leadership of HCA Healthcare in locating the joint venture here in Buncombe County,” he said.