As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, companies continue to update consumers with how they’re handling supplies and shutdowns.
3M (St. Paul, Minn.) announced it is partnering with Ford Motor Company to increase production of 3M’s powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) amid the high demand caused by the coronavirus. Healthcare workers continue to experience a shortage of respirators. (For info about donating respirators to local healthcare facilities, go here.)
Lowe’s committed to invest $25 million to help communities during the pandemic, $10 million of which will go toward donating supplies, including respirators, to medical professionals. The company also pledged $3 million to support local small businesses, particularly those in the skilled trades, to continue to operate during the crisis.
Harbor Freight Tools pledged to donate its entire supply of personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, to hospitals with 24-hour emergency rooms during the crisis. To recommend a hospital for the company to donate to, go here.
DriTac (Clifton, N.J.) announced it remains open for business and in operation across the U.S. amid the coronavirus crisis, noting it is classified as a chemical manufacturer for the construction industry, considered an essential business of operation.
“Production and lead times have not been affected by COVID-19 and we do not anticipate any interruptions,” the company stated, adding that it is following WHO and CDC safety recommendations at facilities and has increased inventory levels above normal standards to meet order demands.