VAN WERT – Recently, KAM Manufacturing was awarded a $500,000 grant from the state to manufacture personal protective equipment.

“We are thankful to have been awarded this grant, as it will allow us to make much needed machine and technology upgrades, and also allows us to immediately hire 20 full-time production team members as we continue to manufacture PPE here in our facility,” said Ollie Adams, Owner of KAM.

Recently, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $20 million in grants to 68 Ohio manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and help ensure the safety of Ohioans during the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio PPE Retooling and Reshoring grants provide up to $500,000 to small and medium sized manufacturers who transition or expand their facility to produce PPE.

KAM’s $500,000 grant from the state will allow for the purchase of new cutting and sewing equipment, and will also allow for the immediate hiring of 20 full-time positions, with a goal to hire 25-50 more by the end of the year. Adams noted that manufacturing for KAM has increased dramatically in their new division of PPE.

"Production of Level 1 and 2 isolation gowns (disposable and reusable), two-ply personal use face masks, and additional PPE has continued to be in demand and there seems to be no stopping anytime soon," said Adams.

“These upgrades will benefit all areas of KAM, from the front office to the production floor,” Adams continued. “We are able to invest these dollars into our business and to further pursue our vision, which is to manufacture American Made products and create jobs right here in Ohio.”

Since April 2020, KAM Manufacturing Inc. has produced over 40,000 two-ply, personal use face masks and over 60,000 isolation gowns.

“I cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to our entire team at KAM,” said Adams. “We have a very loyal, hard-working team of employees, both in the office/sales and the production floor. Without our dedicated team, it would be impossible for any of this to happen. Day in and out I see our team grow in their skills and abilities, I watch our business continue to adapt and change, I am glad that we are able to do so.”

“I would also like to recognize the efforts from Stacy Adam, Economic Development Director and her team, as they were also a big reason why this grant application process was easy to apply for,” added Adams. “She was available to answer any of our questions or concerns, continued to check in with us during the process and we are thankful to have that type of leadership in our community.”

To learn more about KAM’s PPE products and to shop online, visit www.stephaniedawn.net and click on the “Personal Protection Equipment” link at their exclusive handbag line company, Stephanie Dawn.

You can also find KAM Manufacturing Inc. on Facebook. With over 30 years of experience, KAM Manufacturing Inc. is a manufacturer of cut and sew products, in a climate-controlled, well-lit facility with on-site training available. The positions available are for 1st shift production, full-time only. Applications for employment can be picked up in the office at 1197 Grill Road in Van Wert at Vision Industrial Park, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch 12-12:30.