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China's 1-cent masks drive US manufacturers to the brink

Small businesses cite national security in plea for federal aid

Masks are produced at a factory in La Verne, California, U.S. Many American mask makers are struggling to stay afloat as demand ebbs and Chinese competitors offer cheaper alternatives.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- American manufacturer Premium-PPE has seen its monthly mask production plunge nearly 90% from last year's peak, falling to 4 million to 5 million.

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