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Business groups, Lt. Governor Ainsworth team up to create Alabama PPE database

A number of business and workforce development groups have partnered with Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth’s (R-AL) office to create a database of personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers.

The coalition is hoping to connect business operators with the supplies they will need as more companies resume operations.

The effort is being hosted on the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce website.

“We are anxious for businesses to reopen, but we need to make sure they’re prepared to open safely,” commented Ainsworth.

According to a release, the groups involved in the creation of the database are “the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Business Council of Alabama, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Works, Southeast Alabama Works and West Alabama Works.”

The database has four headings: PPE Supplies, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Other Supplies, and Services and Solutions.

Each heading leads to a spreadsheet with the contact info for a business that can help with the topic listed.

Companies not already in the database that have supplies or services to offer can begin the listing process by filling out this survey.

“Aligning our resources with partners across the state makes this guide as comprehensive as possible,” said Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer and West Alabama Works Executive Director Donny Jones.

“We will continue to develop this database as resources become available to give our businesses the most avenues possible for success,” Jones added.

“Our businesses have faced unprecedented challenges, and we want to help them as they navigate the challenge of securing PPE, cleaning supplies and other items,” concluded Ainsworth.

The database can be accessed here.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@new-yhn.local or on Twitter @HenryThornton95