DENVER — A Colorado company that formed to fill the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage at the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now offering low price PPE options to educators and workers heading back to their jobs. “We realized every hospital, every school, every service industry, restaurant needs PPE,” said Iconic Medical Group, CEO, Miguel Sosa.
The pandemic caused a sudden and massive need for Personal Protective Equipment. Sosa worked for a made in America solution. Now there are more than a dozen factories and material suppliers from across the United States. "We're a group of manufacturers that rose to the challenge to manufacture PPE in America by the millions of units to fill supply chain gaps that were due to COVID."
Some facilities like a water bottling plant in California were repurposed. "Let’s try to retrofit this factory to produce hand sanitizer and we're now producing five-million bottles of hand sanitizer a month."
Now six months into the pandemic the business model has evolved. "When we first started Iconic Medical Group we really just wanted to manufacture PPE to meet the needs of the frontline worker," Sosa said. Back to school and back to work with the on-going pandemic risk still happening expands the need for workplace virus protection.
Many organizations needing a lot of PPE, also face tight budgets. Iconic is reaching out with its “no gouging” business model. Producing in bulk, eliminating import costs, and selling direct on-line keeps prices low. They sell FDA approved face shields and hand sanitizer, “at up to 75% cheaper,” said Sosa.
The initiative to deal with PPE scarcity in the early months of the pandemic, now transitions to a more accessible less expensive source as COVID-19 prevention measures remain necessary.