The helium shortage has already affected Party City and they announced that they are closing 45 stores.
How is the shortage affecting manufacturing?
USA Today said, "Although there are long-term ramifications, experts say consumers may not feel the impact right away. Many companies that rely on helium also say they're okay – for now."
Helium is used in fiber optics, MRIs, and more.
Party City officials maintain the closings and the shortage are unrelated issues and say they are working to secure a new helium source and a contract, which is subject to final approval, would provide its stores with helium beginning this summer and continuing for several years.Party City store closings 2019: 45 locations being shuttered Helium shortage 2019: Why it's harder to throw a party and fill balloons Party City location in Springdale is one of 45 stores closing.Read More