Honeywell will open a new protective mask manufacturing facility in Phoenix and looks to hire up to 500 people to meet demand as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the United States.
The plant will join a Rhode Island facility of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell to manufacture N95 masks for use in health care. The company hopes to ramp up production to supply 20 million masks to stockpile with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which the company has a contract.
“We at Honeywell are proud of our role in providing essential equipment to the first responders and medical professionals we are relying on during this crisis,” said Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell chairman and CEO, in a statement. “We have moved quickly to expand our production capacity for N95 masks globally and are pleased to announce our second new U.S. manufacturing line to supply the Strategic National Stockpile.”
Honeywell anticipates that the new mask production line in Phoenix will create more than 500 new jobs in Arizona. The company has already begun recruiting, hiring and training manufacturing workers on the site. The announcement brings the total number of U.S. jobs created by Honeywell’s new mask-manufacturing capabilities to more than 1,000. Click here for information on those jobs.
The N95 face masks will be delivered to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to contribute to the American stockpile for use to support health, safety and emergency response workers. The Phoenix facility will prioritize fulfilling the U.S. government’s procurement, but it will also have the capacity to produce face masks for U.S. states and American healthcare and emergency response organizations.
Honeywell’s production expansion will also support additional American businesses, including industrial equipment providers and raw materials suppliers. The company is collaborating with state and local officials to ramp up production efforts and support hiring and training.
“Honeywell has long been a respected member of the Phoenix community and now, during COVID-19, they are stepping up to protect us all,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in a statement. “The protective equipment manufactured at this site will save lives across the nation. My sincere thanks to Honeywell and all those serving our nation during this challenging time.”
Honeywell (http://www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.