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For Jim White, COVID-19 demonstrates the problems with relying on foreign goods. “A short supply of N95 masks is just one example: we’ve learned the hard way, as we wait in line alongside other countries for shipments to arrive from China, that it’s a mistake to have farmed out critical manufacturing,” says White. “Medical devices, such as ventilators and pharmaceuticals, should be made here in America.”

White wears many hats: he is chairman and CEO of Post Harvest Technologies and Growers Ice Co., founder and CEO of PHT Opportunity Fund and founder and president of JL White International. From this vantage point, he believes that lower electricity, coal, water costs, cheap labor and looser environmental regulations contribute to the decision to manufacture offshore.

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