INDIANAPOLIS — Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state’s new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Rep. Dave Wolkins.
He said as businesses resume operations, those unable to source and procure PPE on their own can go online to order masks, face shields and hand sanitizer. While the first round of available PPE has been reached, small businesses can still place orders online. The marketplace anticipates being able to ship more protective gear in the coming weeks.
“High demand for PPE is making it difficult for some to obtain critical protective gear,” said Wolkins. “Until regular supply resumes, Hoosier businesses looking for resources have an option. The marketplace is still accepting orders, and they will be filled at the soonest possible date. Getting our economy back on track depends upon having the right supplies to keep people safe.”
Launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business PPE Marketplace serves as a secondary source for ordering Hoosier-made supplies. Currently, there is no charge but that could change depending on multiple factors.
Businesses must be registered in Indiana with the Secretary of State’s Office, employ less than 150 people, and require PPE to reopen and comply with workplace safety requirements. Examples of eligible businesses include restaurants, retail sales, personal services and office environments.
According to the IEDC, all requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur.
Additionally, the Indiana Manufacturers Association started an online supply listing where Hoosier companies can order PPE for employees as they begin reopening. Those producing personal protective equipment can also be listed on the database.