Business/Government/Industry

Scores of companies respond to Trump’s ‘Team America’ call to produce goods to combat virus

President Donald J. Trump drops-by a roundtable with Vice President Mike Pence and CEOs in the Cabinet Room of the White House Monday, March 30, 2020, to discuss public-private partnership efforts to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (Official White House Photo.)

(USA Features) Some 50 corporations have stepped up and volunteered to shift their production lines to begin manufacturing products vitally needed to deal with the spreading coronavirus.

The so-called “Team America” approach is directly in response to President Donald Trump’s call on U.S. industry to step up and help out, the Washington Examiner reports.

On Tuesday the administration presented a list of 35-40 major firms that have already answered the call. Those companies include Facebook, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, and Anheuser-Busch.

“While by no means comprehensive these are some notable examples of the private sector stepping up,” said an administration official.

In addition, local and national groups have brought aboard corporations that have pledged to begin making much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers.



The National Sheriffs’ Association, for instance, told the Washington Examiner that members have received tremendous help from Home Depot, Grainger and Staples. Also, the group said that a half dozen national restaurant chains have volunteered to assist.

Their pleas for help have been “enthusiastically welcomed” by some top corporations, said National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson.

“What they are doing is more than impressive. It’s heartening,” he said.

President Trump has it a point of his daily coronavirus briefings to mention corporations that have stepped forward to help out.

“Joining us this afternoon are CEOs of the great American companies that are fulfilling their patriotic duty by producing or donating medical equipment to help meet our most urgent needs. What they’re doing is incredible. And these are great companies,” the president said before introducing companies Monday.


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