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Ferrara Manufacturing COO Gabrielle Ferrara (L), Workers United Secretary Treasurer Edgar Romney (M) and Senator Gillibrand (R) speak during tour of Ferrara Manufucturing's facility in Manhattan's Garment District

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Ferrara Manufacturing COO Gabrielle Ferrara (M) walks Sen. Gillibrand (L) through the facility's cutting room and inspects American made jersey fabric.

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Sen. Gillibrand with Edgar Romney, Workers United secretary treasurer, Lana Cheung of Workers United and workers from Ferrara Manufacturing

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Ferrara Manufacturing COO Gabrielle Ferrara (L), Workers United Secretary Treasurer Edgar Romney (M) and Senator Gillibrand (R) speak during tour of Ferrara Manufucturing's facility in Manhattan's Garment District

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Sen. Gillibrand tours Ferrara Mfg. facilities in NYC Garment District

Posted May 19, 2021

 

NEW YORK – On May 16, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Ferrara Manufacturing facilities in Manhattan's Garment District, met with workers and spoke with the company's leadership.

 

Ferrara Manufacturing, a family-owned, high-end tailored garment producer, established Ferrara Supply Company in March of 2020 to focus on the production of personal protective garments to support the country's fight of COVID-19. Ferrara Supply Company was awarded one of the first allocations of the $10 billion from the 2021 American Rescue Plan for federal procurement of domestically made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

 

Gabrielle Ferrara, COO of Ferrara Manufacturing, walked Sen. Gillibrand through their full production line. She introduced her to workers who have been with Ferrara for over two decades and showcasing the opportunities for American garment engineering.

 

The tour showcased Ferrara Manufacturing team's notable outputs throughout the years, including the U.S. Olympic Team uniforms and the masks worn by President Biden during the inauguration.

 

Also in attendance was leadership from Workers United, including Secretary Treasurer Edgar Romney. Ferrara Manufacturing's workers have been proud members of the Workers United union since 1995. On the heels of the Senator's visit, union and apparel industry leaders seek legislative support for long term federal contracts to stabilize and support an industry that has been disrupted by COVID-19.

 

“As in the beginning of the pandemic, we are proud to meet the crisis to produce PPE for our essential workers,” said Gabrielle Ferrara. "That blueprint for this partnership is rooted in the height of the pandemic in spring 2020 in New York, when COVID-19’s ravages had shuttered the outsourced global PPE supply chain, leaving our health care workforce vulnerable and at deadly risk. Together we met that crisis, joining over 30 other unionized manufacturers and Southern textile industry partners to safely reopen, re-engineer our operations and rebuild a domestic supply chain to make gowns, masks and face shields for essential workers across the nation, saving countless lives. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality American-made masks."

 

Last week, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee passed a bipartisan made in America PPE Act, which will require federal agencies to procure products made from American fabric sources and manufactured in American factories. This act not only provides a pathway to create American jobs but incentivizes manufacturers such as Ferrara to continue investing in capacity to complete federal PPE bids under stable, long-term contracts."

 

Source: Ferrara Manufacturing and Workers United

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