A Hudson Valley company was one of five New York companies to begin manufacturing COVID-19-related equipment and other supplies to aid the state’s ongoing fight against the virus.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Rockland County’s Aero Healthcare will receive $ 800,000 in government aid to produce supplies to fight the pandemic by increasing and expediting the supply chain of PPE for the state at a reasonable cost becomes.

Other companies contracted to manufacture consumables include Atelier and Borden Manufacturing in New York City, ARX Sciences in western New York, and Genesis Disposables LLC in Mohawk Valley.

“New York State is home to many of the most innovative companies in the world. ESD’s support for these companies is not only in line with Governor Cuomo’s call for New York industry to help fight the coronavirus, ”said Eric Gertler, Acting Commissioner and President-elect and CEO of Empire State Development.

“(This) also reflects the investments being made to empower the state’s manufacturing sector, to adapt quickly to new market opportunities and resume its record of smart growth as we build better again.”

According to Cuomo, Aero Healthcare will expand its existing facility to bottle hand sanitiser and manufacture the plastic bottles and pumps for its containers. The ramp-up includes the purchase of machines, equipment and raw materials.

At full production, Aero Healthcare is expected to produce 200,000 units of hand sanitizer per week. The project includes a $ 2.1 million investment and 10 new jobs to achieve full capacity.

“This is the first phase of a larger plan to bring hand sanitiser dispensing and mixing to the company’s Rockland County facility,” officials said.

The announcement follows Cuomo, who criticized the federal government for being poorly prepared for the pandemic last spring when state and local governments were forced to scramble to identify the necessary PPE.

“Our country was ill prepared for a global pandemic when it hit in early 2020, and New York State had to search the earth looking for personal protective equipment,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

“We are proud to support the domestic manufacture of critical medical devices that not only save lives and reduce reliance on overseas products, but also preserve local jobs and support New York State companies.”

Cuomo has also proposed the Medical Supplies Act to prioritize the purchase of American-made PPE and medical supplies as part of his “2021 Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew Agenda” announced during the State of the State.

This new policy will help create and maintain local jobs while ensuring the health and reliability of the sector in the future.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious problems in our country’s medical supply chain and we have been forced to compete overseas and pay exorbitant prices for these life-saving products,” said Cuomo.

“We learned the hard lesson that these resources must be manufactured here in the US, and we are taking steps to build the infrastructure we need here in New York to prepare for future crises and local businesses to create new ones Jobs to help. “

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