Acadian Ambulance to Use Nitrile Gloves made by SafeSource Direct
January 30, 2023
BROUSSARD, La. (Jan. 30, 2023) – Acadian Ambulance, one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, has selected SafeSource Direct, a Louisiana-based personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer, to be their preferred provider for American-made chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves.
“We’re proud to partner with another Louisiana-based company to provide a supply of high-quality, American-made gloves,” said Acadian Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag. “Our EMTs and paramedics use thousands of gloves every day across our service to areas in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. And like others, during the pandemic, we faced PPE supply shortages. Partnering with SafeSource Direct is an investment in long-term PPE supply resilience.”
SafeSource Direct launched in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a solution to national shortages of PPE. With two manufacturing plants in Broussard, Louisiana, the company is capable of producing more than 108,000 gloves per hour across multiple operational lines. It aims to have a dozen lines operational by January 2024 capable of producing over 2 billion gloves annually with additional manufacturing capacity available on-site. SafeSource Direct is working toward complete vertical integration by sourcing raw materials at a nearby facility to further shore up PPE resiliency.
“We’re grateful to Acadian Ambulance for their partnership and for allowing us to supply nitrile exam gloves,” said Justin Hollingsworth, CEO of SafeSource Direct. “As an American-owned, American-based company, we’re uniquely positioned to meet the PPE needs of our nation’s first responders.”
Through a partnership with Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s leading health system, SafeSource Direct is the only U.S. provider-owned PPE manufacturer with U.S. provider-owned quality control.
SafeSource Direct’s chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves received FDA 510(k) clearance last year. In addition to gloves, the company produces Level 1 and 3 surgical ear loop and surgical tie masks and standard three-ply procedure masks and shoe covers. It will soon be making cup respirators, fishtail respirators, hair bouffant head covers, and isolation gowns.
The agreement with Acadian comes on the heels of SafeSource Direct’s delivery of 1.5 million shoe covers ahead of schedule to the Indian Health Service last month and an agreement announced in November to provide gloves to Vizient, a health care performance improvement company.
About SafeSource Direct
SafeSource Direct LLC is an American manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) dedicated to keeping our nation’s healthcare and other essential workers safe on the job. At SafeSource Direct, success minded team-members use innovation and automation to provide high-quality American-made PPE at prices competitive with those of foreign suppliers. Headquartered in Lafayette Parish, La., SafeSource Direct operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Broussard as well as in neighboring St. Martin Parish. Positioned near the Mississippi River, rail lines, and interstate highways, it is well positioned to distribute PPE to the nation. To learn more about how SafeSource Direct is laying the groundwork for sustainability in the healthcare industry, visit SafeSourceDirect.com.