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Plastics Today: Are Face Masks Keeping Us Safe, Polluting the Oceans, Projecting Our Politics, or All of the Above

In discussing the continued demand for face masks, Thomas' 2020 Q4 Sourcing Activity Report is mentioned: Face masks was the number-one category, followed by nitrile gloves and hand sanitizers. Face masks saw the biggest increase in sourcing activity in Q42020 over Q42019. Just like last quarter, "face masks are at the top of the list, up 38,239% over last year's sourcing figures"

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USA Today: American manufacturers pine for home as COVID disruptions, Trump tariffs shake up supplies

"The pandemic created a heightened awareness of supply chain risk," said Tony Uphoff, president and CEO of Thomasnet.com, a digital media and marketing services company that caters to industrial buyers and suppliers. "Before COVID, no one had any idea where PPE, surgical gowns, scrubs and masks were manufactured. Then, all of a sudden, they learned they were made within 300 miles of Wuhan, China and that their supply chain could get disrupted.

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Assembly Magazine: Gender Gap - Women Fill One-Third of Manufacturing Industry Jobs, One-Fourth of Leadership Positions

A new study from Thomas and Women in Manufacturing (WiM) shows that  1 in 3 manufacturing professionals and 1 in 4 manufacturing leaders are women. The medical-healthcare sector has the highest female-identifying employee presence at 54 percent. The industries with the lowest representation include the automotive (29 percent); energy, utilities, oil and gas (28); and aerospace and defense (24) sectors. 

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