CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 5, 2023) — Emerge Manufacturing, which announced its launch in December 2022, successfully broke ground on its 50,000 square-foot, “made in the USA,” Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing facility in the Roselawn and Bond Hill neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio Tuesday, April 4, 2023 for a crowd of prominent community leaders.
Many of the notable area dignitaries who came to make remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony included:
Cynthia Booth, a well-recognized Cincinnati business leader and veteran entrepreneur, founded Emerge Manufacturing to help bring onshore PPE manufacturing to the United States, with a particular focus on the Roselawn and Bond Hill neighborhoods of Cincinnati. Under Booth’s leadership, the new manufacturing plant will provide approximately 100 jobs and economic stimulus to a community population of approximately 14,000 residents, while also helping to address the country’s overdependence on offshore PPE resources for critical life-saving supplies and equipment. Booth gave remarks on the journey and future of Emerge at today’s groundbreaking ceremony.
“[Today is] a culmination of what we know the next phase is going to be,” said Booth. “And the next phase will be when we cut the ribbon to our facility. It starts when you can walk into our facility and see people from our community working and making PPE.”
Once operational, Emerge Manufacturing will produce products that will help protect and save the lives of first responders and essential workers in the health care industry and, eventually, other industries. Emerge plans to manufacture face masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks, among other PPE products. The plant will run multiple production lines, manufacturing PPE from fabric supplied by U.S. companies. Additionally, there will be space in the facility where medical professionals and others can provide training and information on health care-related topics to the community. The manufacturing plant is expected to open mid-2024. Messer Construction is contracted to build the facility.