President Donald Trump is scheduled to be in the Lehigh Valley today for a brief visit to a personal protection equipment distributor, Owens & Minor in Upper Macungie Township.
The president will arrive at the Lehigh Valley International Airport just after 1 p.m. and will head to the facility for a tour that is set to begin at 1:45 p.m. The tour is private and the public is not invited. He is expected to talk about the PPE supply chain and other issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and shut down.
After the tour, the president will give remarks and is expected leave the Lehigh Valley by 3:30 p.m. to return to Washington, D.C.
The distribution center, which handles such items as N-95 face masks, has been working with the White House on obtaining PPE gear needed in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
According to its website, Owens & Minor is a member of White House COVID-19 Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, which is working with FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide healthcare customers with PPE.
It was one of five manufacturers awarded a portion of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ recent purchase order that will supply the U.S. with approximately 600 million N95 respirator masks over the next 18 months. Trump is expected to talk about the U.S. medical supply chain.
The Richmond, Virginia-based company has made no public statement about the president’s tour of its Lehigh Valley distribution Center.