Manufacturers around Wisconsin are rising to the unprecedented challenge of the government shutting down the state economy and businesses that it deems "non-essential."

All around the state, manufacturers and small businesses have been donating supplies, providing funds to relief efforts, helping their employees, and retooling their facilities to begin mass-producing items of which hospitals and communities are in need.

Governor Tony Evers last week also launched Wisconsin's COVID-19 PPE Program, which is designed "to get more personal protective equipment, such as gowns, gloves and masks, to those working on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsinites can now go to to either donate or sell large quantities of PPE to the State of Wisconsin. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will then distribute the PPE to communities that need it the most.

“We are amazed at the outpouring of offers from businesses and other organizations who have already told us they want to help fill the critical need for this equipment across the state,” said Dr. Darrell L. Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator. “Our staff has already been working to review those offers of support, and our hope is this site will help to streamline that process going forward.”