Keep The Lights On For American Manufacturing

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The COVID-19 crisis is creating unprecedented issues for Americans. In times like these, manufacturing companies need to band together and support each other in order to protect and preserve the supply chain of the United States. 

Right now everyone's talking about ventilators and masks. Those things are extremely important, and there are huge companies stepping in to help, but what about the critical products and parts that we don't even know we need yet?

What "widgets" are flying off the shelves at a rate just slightly less than toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and what happens when we run out of those things?  What if the manufacturing company that made those widgets is currently shut down, or running with a skeleton crew?

Vortic Watch Company is partnering with hundreds of small to medium size American manufacturing companies to prop up the supply chain of the United States and protect us from future outages. We are Keeping The Lights On for American manufacturers.

When manufacturing companies talk about "Keeping The Lights On," they mean that inside America's factories and manufacturing facilities, the lights are on, the machines are running, and the people are working.

Due to the recent crisis, many manufacturing companies like ours are struggling to operate, whether due to government regulations, supply-demand issues, or cash flow problems. This means there are likely thousands of highly skilled Entrepreneurs, Trade Workers, Engineers, Assemblers, and the like who have valuable assets, and TIME TO SPARE. 

What if we worked together to better utilize that time, those machines, and that skilled knowledge? What if we helped keep the lights on for American manufacturers?

Vortic Watch Company manufactures one of the only truly American made wristwatches. Due to this fact, the team has spent the better part of the last decade sourcing from hundreds of different manufacturing companies all across America trying to find the best components for its products. Vortic has also invested almost $1million in machines and equipment for its own in-house engineering manufacturing capabilities.

The Vortic team, based in Fort Collins, Colorado will become the connecting entity between the manufacturing companies that can help, and the people and businesses who need help. We're building three different directories, and then using our network and resources to connect them:

1. Manufacturing Companies That CAN Help
2. People/Businesses That NEED Help
3. Products/Services That Are NEEDED

To add yourself or your business to one of those lists, or to learn more about this mission, visit www.vorticwatches.com/COVID19

And then there's you, the people that want to support this mission.

We're raising $250,000 to directly inject into American manufacturing. The money will be used to EXPEDITE processes that normally take weeks, like design, engineering, RFQ (request for quote), etc. This money will help get products in the hands of people who need them in a much shorter amount of time. 

The funds will also be used to purchase raw materials in bulk for smaller companies that have massive capabilities but lack the financial resources to invest in the materials and parts needed to make the products that are desperately needed. Some examples are:

Steel for hospital equipment parts
Titanium for medical device parts
Cloth for masks and bedding
Wiring for electronic first responder devices

Any excess funds raised will be donated to the MikeRoweWorks Foundation (https://www.mikeroweworks.org/). If we can't pay it back, we'll pay it forward. Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs, Somebody's Gotta Do It, etc) and his foundation financially support people who want to learn a skilled trade. Times like these make us realize we need more of those people, so those excess funds will hopefully make us better prepared should we ever see a crisis like this again.

Here at Vortic, we say “America Wasn’t Assembled. It Was Built.” It was built by people who saw a problem and then stepped up to solve it. The odds were against them, but they pushed through anyway. Let’s go all-in for American Made. Let’s work to keep the lights on together. 

Thank you for your pledge, thank you for your time. Thank you for helping us KEEP THE LIGHTS ON!

Donations

  • Intuit Team 
    • $500 
    • 26 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Chris Greeley  
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Joe & Michaela Young 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Dudley Reynolds  
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

RT Custer 
Organizer
Fort Collins, CO
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