Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in the Mohawk Valley on Thursday to highlight businesses that manufacture and donate personal protective equipment.
Hochul toured Genesis Disposables in Frankfort and Environmental Composites in Utica.
Genesis Disposables is making hospital gowns.
Environmental Composites is making the materials that are used in the N95 masks.
Both companies received Empire State Development funding early on in the pandemic to manufacture and donate PPE to help those on the frontlines.
Hochul says along with life saving equipment, these companies are also creating jobs.
"It's always about bringing back jobs, these facilities, both I've been to today, have great potential for expansion, that means getting people from our state back to work," Hochul said. "Here in the Mohawk Valley region, we have individuals who are creating the gowns, who are also creating the raw materials, the composite materials that are necessary to build state of the art masks to help our health care providers, people who are in nursing homes, people in hospitals and everyone."
Hochul says this is apart of her state wide tour to talk about the "Build Back Better" initiative. The focus of this initiative is economic recovery from the pandemic.