Gov. Baker tours Fall River PPE manufacturer

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE)- Governor Charlie Baker toured Fall River garment-maker Merrow Manufacturing on Tuesday, as part of the company’s participation in his administration’s Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT).

The M-ERT initiative seeks to assist local manufacturers in the production of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the pandemic, according to a statement from the governor.

Merrow had converted its workspace to start producing protective gowns in April.

The company had received praise from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo last week for providing 3,000 gowns to the state, with plans to provide 500,000 more.

The company said it’s due to begin producing 650,000 gowns per week by July, along with gaiters, surgical caps, and pillow cases.

The company said it has added 41 new jobs since converting to producing the protective equipment, and is on track to invest $5 million in Fall River this year.

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