Ivanka Trump visits Minnesota coronavirus PPE maker

Duluth Pack has made reusable hospital gowns to combat the PPE shortage since April

White House adviser Ivanka Trump visited Duluth Pack, a Minnesota manufacturer that pivoted from leather and canvas products to PPE during the coronavirus pandemic, as part of her Pledge to America's Workers that focuses on job training.

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"Visited the oldest canvas [and] leather pack maker in the U.S., founded in 1882 in Duluth, [Minnesota]," Trump wrote on Twitter. "For 138 [years], Duluth Pack’s Made in America products have stood the test of time! Today they committed to expanding training [and] education opportunities through our #PledgetoAmericasWorkers!"

Trump toured Duluth Pack with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn.

Duluth Pack said in April that it would make reusable hospital gowns to combat the PPE shortage, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

“During the COVID-19 stay at home shelter, we were down to 6 employees," Duluth Pack said in a statement shared by the White House. "We had a total of 62 employees at the end of 2019. We currently [employ] 73 employees. The increase in employees is due to our pivot to manufacturing Medical PPE gowns as well as the support of customers purchasing our made in America canvas and leather products.”

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The administration's "Pledge to America's Workers" encourages businesses and groups to create opportunities for workers, including apprenticeships, continuing education, on-the-job-training and retraining. More than 440 companies have signed the pledge.

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