Wildcat PPE grows to more than 2K employees in Montgomery County, producing surgical gowns, supplies

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and state Rep. Steve Toth examine a surgical isolation gown made at Wildcat PPE. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and state Rep. Steve Toth examine a surgical isolation gown made at Wildcat PPE. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and state Rep. Steve Toth examine a surgical isolation gown made at Wildcat PPE. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Wildcat PPE President and CEO John Houston talks during a media tour of his company. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Brady and Toth begin their tour of the Wildcat PPE facility. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Wildcat PPE has grown to around 2,000 employees in the span of around a year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, toured the Wildcat PPE facility just north of Hwy. 242 on March 22 to observe how the company has been creating jobs and manufacturing American-made personal protective equipment, such as surgical gown and caps, in The Woodlands area.

After opening in early April 2020, the protective equipment provider has grown to over 2,000 employees and is now producing around 1 million certified surgical isolation gowns per week, according to President and CEO John Houston.

"We want medical resilience," Brady said. "We need to protect this industry."

Based on The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership 2020 major employers list, this would put Wildcat PPE at the fourth largest employer in the area. Although the 2021information from the EDP is not yet available, previously published information shows the top employers were Conroe ISD, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical and ExxonMobil.

Houston said the company started out by responding to the immediate local need with area hospitals. The 200,000-square-foot facility was repaired and renovated in two weeks once it was purchased in April 2020, Houston said.

Wildcat PPE focuses on producing disposable medical gowns and caps, according to the product page on its website.

By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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