STATEHOUSE (May 18, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Reps. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).
Saunders 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.
"It is critical that local businesses beginning to reopen have the necessary supplies like face masks and hand sanitizer," Saunders said. "The health of these workers and the public depends on it. I encourage small businesses in our community who cannot get the necessary protective equipment on their own to utilize this online marketplace."
Launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the Small Business PPE Marketplace serves as a secondary source for ordering Hoosier-made supplies. According to Ziemke, currently, there is no charge but that could change depending on multiple factors.
"Small businesses are key to Indiana's economy," Ziemke said. "Our state and area rely on these businesses, and this marketplace can help them get important items to keep employees and the public safe as they open their doors."
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.
State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,
which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.
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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55,
which includes all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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