U.S. Senate Aides Tour SafeSource Direct Manufacturing Plants
April 19, 2023
SafeSource Direct welcomed representatives from U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s office to Broussard, Louisiana recently for a firsthand look at how the company is meeting America’s demand for high-quality PPE.
Four Legislative Correspondents and a Special Assistant from the Senator’s Washington, D.C. office joined with his Acadiana Regional Representative to tour the state-of-the-art facilities, which were built out amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a long-term solution to global PPE supply shortages.
With SafeSource Direct’s rapid expansion has come more than 850 new American jobs, with 2,200 total expected over the coming months. During the tour, the Senator’s staff spoke with several of these workers as well as SafeSource Direct CEO Justin Hollingsworth. They discussed experiences working in the new business and the company’s role in ensuring American supply resilience and reducing the nation’s reliance on foreign suppliers.
Hollingsworth said he was grateful to Sen. Kennedy for his leadership in bolstering domestic manufacturing and supporting American companies.
The American-owned and operated company has multiple production lines running, and it is capable of manufacturing 108,000 gloves per hour. It’s aiming to have a dozen lines operational by January 2024 capable of producing over 2 billion gloves annually with additional manufacturing capacity available on-site. As the company expands over the coming months, it will be among the largest manufacturers of chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves in America- if not the largest.
In addition to gloves, SafeSource Direct produces Level 1 and 3 surgical ear loop and surgical tie masks and standard three-ply Level 1 and 3 procedure masks. It also makes shoe covers and will soon be making N95 respirators, hair bouffant head covers, and isolation gowns.
In recent months, SafeSource Direct has received FDA 510(K) clearance for its masks and chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves; entered an agreement with Vizient, the nation's largest health care performance improvement company; struck a partnership with Acadian Ambulance, one of the largest ambulance services in the nation; delivered 1.5 million units of PPE to IHS ahead of schedule; and launched a new lightweight glove and other products.
Positioned near the Mississippi River, rail lines, and interstate highways, SafeSource Direct is well positioned to distribute PPE to the nation. To learn more, visit SafeSourceDirect.com.