Martin County lawmakers: Indiana's online marketplace offers PPE help to small businesses, nonprofits

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, May 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 21, 2020) – Martin County small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).

Ellington said as businesses resume operations, those unable to source and procure PPE on their own can go online to backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm 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.

"Many Hoosier businesses are in the process of implementing safety measures as they reopen to the public," Ellington said. "This online resource is an additional asset for employers to get the necessary protective gear they need."

Launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the Small Business PPE Marketplace serves as a secondary source for ordering Hoosier-made supplies. According to Lindauer, currently there is no charge but that could change depending on multiple factors.

"Having appropriate PPE is necessary to slowing the spread of the virus as restrictions are loosened across the state," Lindauer said. "If we want Indiana to move forward, everyone needs to be properly equipped, and this marketplace is a good resource to utilize."

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.

To learn more, visit backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm.

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. Visit www.indianamfg.com for more information.

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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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