We’re thinking this could become a permanent line item for us under the medical division. The comments we’ve received have been overwhelmingly positive.
CIRAS project manager Kim Anderson told Dickson federal regulators issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) in the early days of the pandemic to help meet an overwhelming PPE demand. Dickson made the gown decision after extensive conversations with CIRAS about what it would take to meet governmental safety standards going forward. CIRAS also provided training focused on growth option in medical manufacturing during the pandemic.
The combination of an existing supply chain and local manufacturing capability meant the company could be incredibly flexible and able to pivot quickly. Dickson also had existing relationships with medical supply distributors, making it easy for hospitals to purchase from the company. The company began producing hospital isolation gowns to fill emergency shortages this spring and since has decided to continue.