But as Isikel entered the manufacturing industry, Vickrey noted that not relying on government assistance has "allowed us to make our decisions the way that we want it run and the way that we want it built."
And by housing the production of both nitrile gloves and saline products in the same facility, Vickrey said Isikel enhances its sustainability because it will be able to recycle the water used in the production of the saline for the nitrile gloves.
"The water that's not going to be pure enough for injection is still going to be way cleaner than any water that's going to come out of the faucet or anything that you would normally use to make nitrile gloves," she said.
"We decided to house the two operations together so that we could utilize recycling of the water."
She said the company originally planned to have four production lines, but decided to make room for the water recycling upon adding the saline production.
"We thought the benefit to the environment was worth sacrificing one of the lines," she said.
As of late summer, Isikel had not established any contracts for its gloves, deciding to err on the side of caution.
"This is new territory for us. Manufacturing itself is new territory for us," she said, adding the company is waiting until "the timelines meet" before promising a set supply of products to any potential customer.
Vickrey said Isikel decided on the "if you build it, they will come" philosophy—but not without some extra footwork on the company's part.
"We have talked to a lot of hospitals, they know that we're doing it, they're excited that we're doing it," she said. "This is where our growth has focused and where our growth has been."