BATTLE CREEK, MI—Stewart Industries’ new venture, Stewart Medical, will manufacture, source, and supply medical products and PPE for businesses across the U.S.

Stewart Medical will manufacture and distribute medical equipment, such as disposable heat and moisture exchangers, 3 Ply surgical masks, naturally based sanitizers, and more, to eliminate price-gouging and support companies as they return to work. Erick Stewart, president and co-owner of Stewart Industries, says they’re about to introduce a ventilator support project in the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve had the capabilities, facilities, and supply chain to further expand into medical for a while,” says Stewart. “With the onslaught of COVID-19, we realized how important it was for us to diversity to help fulfill the overwhelming need for medical equipment. Although we were birthed in automotive and certified to do aerospace, we’re also certified to do medical device assembly and things of that nature since 2016.”

Stewart says not only are they certified to get a quality product out to their clients, but are also able to combat PPE price gouging. Using their very own Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), they can reduce prices, save customers from import taxes, and control the quality of goods.

“As more Americans head back to work, it’s important for employers to ensure their employees can safely return and have access to the necessary supplies,” says Stewart. “We want to help employers do this by providing products at the best price while also meeting FDA standards. We’ve seen many suppliers of PPE charge obscene prices, but that should never be the case. It shouldn’t cost millions to protect your employees.”

Recently, Stewart Industries collaborated with Excelerant Consulting and Wytcote Technologies to manufacture and provide N95 masks and other personal protective equipment. The partnership was focused on eliminating the price gouging which has been costing healthcare organizations dearly during the COVID-19 outbreak.