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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 25-31, 2020 THE VALLEY 3 SMITHFIELD – Responding to the ever-increasing need for medi- cal supplies due to the new coro- navirus, Honeywell of Smithfield is answering the call to produce more N95 protective masks, creating more than 500 jobs along the way, according to company Chairman Darius Adamczyk. Honeywell, which produces safety products, will hire new production line workers for the new N95 face mask line, according to a release. Adamczyk said Honeywell, at 10 Thurber Blvd., is proud to play a critical role in supplying the nation's stockpile with N95 masks. President Donald Trump on Sunday night announced that Honeywell will produce millions of face masks. The N95 masks, which filter out 95 percent of particles in the air, will be sold to hospitals. "I'm pleased to report that Honeywell, a great company, has just announced it will immediately expand its personal protective equipment manufacturing opera- tions in Rhode Island to produce millions of additional N95 masks," Trump said. "They're very hard to get. They're actually quite com- plex." The company will begin hiring and training employees immedi- ately. The masks will be delivered to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for use to sup- port health, safety and emergency response workers, who have called for greater efforts to get them the equipment they need to protect against the virus. "We are honored to support the U.S. government's efforts to protect Americans with personal protective equipment made right here in the United States," Adamczyk said. "Our Rhode Island facility already produces industry-leading safety gear and will soon play a critical role in supplying the Strategic National Stockpile of N95 masks," he said. Town Council President Suzy Alba said she is proud of the role Smithfield is playing in fighting the pandemic. According to Honeywell Sourcing Specialist Debbie Ewing, the plant will hire several positions for all three shifts including entry level to experienced roles. Those posi- tions include quality technicians, production line workers, operations managers, production supervisors, material buyers, production plan- ners, and more. "There are immediate positions for assemblers to get that ramped up right away," she said. Ewing said Honeywell is attempt- ing to begin production of N95 masks as soon as possible. People with manufacturing experience may receive interviews before those without experience, she said. The company is not accepting on-site applications, and is referring people online for further inquires. Visit campaign-sps-smithfield for more. Due to concerns of the coronavi- rus, Ewing said interviews may be conducted over the phone or virtu- ally as the situation continues. "There are also positions that aren't specifically part of this proj- ect," she said. Smithfield's Honeywell responds to nation's need for masks By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Residents encouraged to clean up litter PAWTUCKET – While find- ing ways to stay active at home, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful encourages residents to spend some time outside doing a litter cleanup. In a press release the organiza- tion stated, "You may find that there are so many roads right out- side our homes that need atten- tion. Now is a perfect chance to gather your children ... and walk, run or jog around your streets to gather the litter we always see but are usually too busy to remove." KBVB challenges everyone to pick up at least one piece of litter. "If all our 1 million Rhode Island residents do that small bit, we will remove 1 million pieces of litter from our communities today." Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful encourages residents to take photos and share with #RIMillionPieces2020 and #DoBeautifulThings. IN BRIEF Donate Plasma. Save Lives. Earn up to $ 400 this month! Rhode Island Centers Conveniently Located in: East Providence, Johnston, Warwick For more information, visit East Providence 214-0587 Warwick 250-8034 Johnston 214-0051

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