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    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. 

    Recommended ReadHelium shortage could deflate MRIs, manufacturing, and researchSource: http://www.usatoday.com

    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

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