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Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., Rob Gilligan provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. Rob is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

Let's Talk Business: New PPE Manufacturer Starts Operations in Cape Girardeau

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A new manufacturer of Person Protective Equipment has started operations in Cape and already landed a contract with the State of Missouri.

Patriot Medical Devices began operations in late August. They are currently manufacturing 3-ply disposable face masks with American made materials and opened with 12 employees. Plans include hiring 9 additional workers quickly and then continue to expand as they increase production volume and add products including N-95 masks.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the realization of the United States’ reliance upon other countries for production of necessary PPE and other critical medical supplies. Patriot Medical Devices is committed to bring production and jobs back to the U.S. and chose to do so in Cape Girardeau.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced a contract with Patriot to make masks available to the nearly 3,000 polling places in the state on Election Day. His press release made clear his excitement to provide a safe environment for workers and voters using a Missouri based company’s product.

Patriot CEO Rick Needham said they are proud to bring medical supply chain jobs to Missouri to help insure our country’s independence moving forward. He added, and I quote, “We chose Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for our factory location because of its business friendly environment and commitment to both education, through Southeast Missouri State University, and healthcare, through our local hospitals Saint Francis Healthcare System and SoutheastHEALTH.”

Thank you Patriot Medical Devices. This is a big win for our area and our state.

John Mehner is the former President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.
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