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Indiana Shutting Down PPE Marketplace, Replacing It With Directory For Businesses

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Business, Government, Health, Statewide News
The state's PPE marketplace fulfilled more than 30,000 orders for personal protective equipment, at no cost, since its May launch. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
The state's PPE marketplace fulfilled more than 30,000 orders for personal protective equipment, at no cost, since its May launch. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is shutting down its PPE marketplace for small businesses and replacing it with a directory to connect Hoosiers with Indiana companies that sell the safety gear.

IEDC Chief of Staff Luke Bosso said the marketplace fulfilled more than 30,000 orders for personal protective equipment, at no cost, since its May launch.

“The PPE directory will provide a long-term, reliable and credible solution for businesses and nonprofits looking to procure PPE,” Bosso said.

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The directory has 12 companies which make and distribute face masks, face shields, gloves, eye protection, hand sanitizer and disinfectant.

Bosso said the state will add more companies – but they must meet certain requirements. That includes being able to fulfill and ship orders within two days, offer free shipping, process online orders and credit card payments and prioritize orders through the directory.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.