Resources to Leverage for Additional Assistance

Retooling, Product Development, and Expansion

The table below contains Commonwealth of Virginia resources to support retooling manufacturers with product development and expansion.

Resource Role COVID-19 PPE manufacturer resources available Point of Contact
Logo for the  Virginia Economic Development PartnershipVirginia Economic Development Partnership The Virginia Economic Development Partnership supports Commonwealth manufacturers with site selection and incentive services for expansion opportunities. Performance based incentives, including workforce training,
to support companies that expand operations with new
capital investment and job growth.1

Logo for GENEDGE


GENEDGE, Virginia’s public resource to help manufacturing & industry innovate, compete and grow, is part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network offering tailored and expert business solutions for growth.

Comprehensive collection of COVID 19 Resources for Virginia Manufacturers

Video link to Webinar to assist with understanding medical devices during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Logo for theThe Virginia Manufacturers AssociationVirginia Manufacturers Association The Virginia Manufacturers Association serves as an advocate for Commonwealth businesses and a resource for training, education, and consulting services to help businesses grow. The VMA COVID 19 Resource Center, including daily updates and best practices, a COVID 19 Model Action Plan for manufacturers, and the PPE Sourcing Center a joint effort with McClung Companies. 804.643.7489
VMA website contact form


Any entity seeking to sell PPE in Virginia should register at the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) Private Sector Portal to receive PPE-related updates from Virginia’s Emergency Support Team during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Testing and Evaluation

The table below contains Commonwealth of Virginia resources to assist PPE end-users and manufacturers with testing and evaluation.

Resource Role COVID-19 PPE manufacturer resources available Point of Contact
Virginia Department of Health The Virginia Department of Health is leading
Commonwealth efforts
to increase COVID-19 testing, awareness, and evaluating PPE products for medical use during the state of emergency.

Daily updated COVID-19 dashboard containing locality information on cases, hospitalizations, and deaths

Guidance for cloth face covers (making and wearing)

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry administers the Occupation Safety and Health program, ensuring employers are complying with relevant laws, standards, and regulations.

Virginia Occupational Safety and Health’s COVID-19 resources

Guidance from the Division of Registered Apprenticeship



The Commonwealth’s latest COVID-19 executive actions and press releases identify manufacturing operations as “essential services” meaning businesses seeking to retool are able to return to work.

Additional Resources to Support Retooling Manufacturers

State and Local

The Virginia Small Business Development Center provides COVID-19 resources for small businesses, including the Small
Business Debt Relief Program
(part of the CARES Act) and industry specific guidance for companies during the Pandemic.

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s business and economic development
financing arm. It has several programs that may interest retooling manufacturers seeking financial support.

Federal and National

The Department of Health and Human Services published supplementary information regarding the PREP Act for Medical
Countermeasures Against COVID-19
, which provides liability immunity to certain individuals for related actions.

The FDA’s enforcement policies for PPE face masks and respirators, gowns, gloves and other apparel) during the COVID-19
Public Health Emergency serve as important guidance for industry.

The CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provided Interim Guidance for Businesses and
Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Guidance on Preparing
Workplaces for COVID-19
for employers to reference.

The information provided herein does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials provided are for general information purposes only and suggested guidance based on the best available information at this time.

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