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'Supply right now isn't the problem. It's logistics, and knowing how to know which companies are making quality equipment that can help right now.'

COURTESY PHOTO: THE LUND REPORT/COURTESY OF JING DIPIERO - Jing DiPiero founded DPM Management in 2014.A medical-training company based in Hillsboro is hoping to use its extensive connections with Chinese manufacturers to boost Oregon's supply of face masks and other personal protective equipment.

With individual states often left to fend for themselves to get needed equipment, DPM Management executives say they may be able to play a significant role in helping protect Oregon's front-line medical professionals.

"China is really the factory of the world when it comes to producing PPEs," said Jing DiPiero, who founded DPM Management in 2014. "And supply right now isn't the problem. It's logistics, and knowing how to know which companies are making quality equipment that can help right now."

DPM Management is now included in a state database tracking potential suppliers. State officials, in turn, say they are moving through that list in an effort to see where possible matches might be.

"The (Oregon) Emergency Coordination Center is reaching out to all of the businesses who have indicated through the state website that they could provide PPE," the center wrote in an email to The Lund Report. "The state is then carefully vetting each of these potential vendors to ensure the company isn't fraudulent and that the equipment they're providing meets standards based on how it will be used."

This Lund Report story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.

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