The Ohio facility will look long-term to address American shortages of critical PPE, especially in the consumer and small business market, and will bring back American manufacturing jobs.
JACKSON, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Phoenix Quality Manufacturing, LLC ("PQM"), announced the opening of its U.S. based manufacturing facility in Jackson, Ohio.
The Company has completed construction on its facility in Southeast Ohio with its first product line, Civilian grade PQM FreedomAir face masks, ready for public purchase. Already taking orders, PQM at its core is committed to bringing manufacturing jobs back to America while decreasing the reliance on foreign-made supplies.
According to PQM CEO, Sid Fingerhut, "Mask inventories have evaporated or are being restricted by unfair trade practices and unprecedented global demand. Companies are relying on a handful of large companies to support the masses, but their efforts are just not enough. With local Ohio production, we can be part of the solution to help reduce price gouging and the reliance on the fraudulent product associated with importation from foreign countries. With the majority of US medical supplies and PPE being sourced overseas in restrictive and manipulative markets, PQM could not stand idly by and is taking the manufacturing into our own hands with a product made in the Appalachian region. We intend to make 'Made in Ohio' synonymous with mask manufacturing and have it become a rallying cry to spur economic growth and innovation that allows for independence in the supply chain."
The initial PQM FreedomAir Series masks will be designed as the prototype and market entrant as the Company works towards its FDA and NIOSH approval to achieve full N95 status. Regardless of the grade, the introduction of a reliable supply of high-quality face masks should help ease pressure on the supply chain that has been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting unprecedented increase in global demand.
The Company has plans to hire upwards of 100 Southern Ohio factory workers by the end of 2021 and 250 by 2024. Job postings can be found at www.pqm.us. PQM sees themselves as part of the spark to help jumpstart the next great American manufacturing wave to help alleviate long term PPE supply issues. The Company is currently taking orders at www.freedomairmasks.com for their civilian grade PQM FreedomAIR Face Masks.
About PQM: PQM is an Ohio-based LLC founded by a group of business, manufacturing and supply chain veterans. With an assembled team of quality management, supply chain and manufacturing experts that have over 100+ years of experience working on manufacturing & supply chains for some of the largest companies in the world, including Fortune 500 companies, the management team is uniquely positioned to quickly and capably source PPE for the North American marketplace.