Manufacturer Pivots to Make and Donate Masks for UConn Health

Grace Merritt
Grace Merritt

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Whelen Engineering Co. manufactures emergency lights and sirens for first responders, so when the pandemic hit, the company was eager to find a way to help protect these front line workers.

Company leaders turned to their engineers to design face masks and full-face shields and then quickly produced them in their manufacturing plants in Chester, Conn. and Charlestown, NH. The company recently donated 1,000 of these protective masks to UConn Health.

“When we started having internal discussions about what we could do to help, everyone jumped right in,” said George W. Whelen V, the company’s president and CEO. “We are proud to support the essential health care workers at UConn Health, who are so valiantly serving the state of Connecticut and our community.”

UConn Health leaders said the donation helps address a dire shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers at the hospital.

“Thank you for your thoughtfulness in providing critical supplies of face masks to those on the frontlines battling COVID-19 here at UConn Health,” said Andrew Agwunobi, UConn Health CEO and executive vice president for health affairs. “As we navigate the evolving situation daily, it is inspiring to have friends like you who support our health-care staff through contributions of much-needed supplies for their protection. On behalf of our doctors, nurses, and staff, thank you for standing with UConn Health. We will get through this together.”

Find further information on donating personal protective equipment (PPE) or making a donation to purchase medical supplies for UConn Health.

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