A fourth-generation, family-run, world firm with areas in North America, Europe and Asia, Shawmut makes a speciality of manufacturing high-performance superior supplies for a variety of industries, together with automotive, medical, industrial and navy functions. Shawmut had traditionally produced medical-grade barrier materials and sure inflatable and orthopedic medical gadgets however broadened its medical focus in Spring 2020 to incorporate PPE for the COVID-19 pandemic. Shawmut now manufactures medical isolation robes and surgical barrier materials and quickly developed an N95 particulate respirator that can be out there on the market within the coming weeks.
“This can be a very thrilling time in Shawmut Company’s 105-year historical past, as we delve deeper into the healthcare options area,” says CEO James Wyner. “We’re making a big, long-term dedication to growing modern US-made well being and security merchandise not just for this era of nice want however nicely past in order that our nation by no means faces a crucial PPE scarcity once more.”
As a part of Shawmut’s dedication to rising this Well being and Security division, the corporate retrofitted practically 70,000 sq. toes of area in its West Bridgewater, MA manufacturing facility to supply isolation robes and N95 respirators. The corporate additionally acquired practically 60 tons of specialised, high-precision meltblown equipment from Germany, put in a totally automated and versatile manufacturing system to assist its N95 particulate respirator line, and put in roughly 50 new meeting traces for robes and masks, a few of that are augmented with superior robotics capabilities. A key part of Shawmut’s fast improvement course of is an expanded supplies testing lab and state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that can permit Shawmut to check its merchandise on website. The ability’s growth is anticipated to create roughly 300 new jobs upon completion.
Along with the multi-million-dollar facility funding, Shawmut has made a number of government experience hires to assist the brand new enterprise unit, together with hiring a veteran of the PPE business, Steve Walley, as vice chairman of gross sales. Walley can be answerable for the gross sales progress of the corporate’s well being and security unit with an instantaneous concentrate on scaling its Protex™ medical isolation robe and N95 particulate respirator merchandise. Shawmut additionally employed meltblown materials manufacturing professional Matthew Lee as Plant Supervisor of its meltblown and masks manufacturing operations. Lee has over 20 years of high-end meltblown and nonwoven ending administration expertise. Moreover, the corporate has made key government investments in advertising, product administration and engineering experience, drawing from main PPE, industrial security, and healthcare firms to quickly deploy this new enterprise unit.
“Once we began working with the state of Massachusetts and the Federal authorities again within the spring to supply much-needed medical isolation robes, we have been completely satisfied to do our half within the struggle towards the COVID-19 pandemic,“ continues Wyner. “What we’ve discovered is our deep background in superior supplies and course of innovation makes our crew uniquely suited to proceed responding to and increasing manufacturing of this critically wanted resolution with a bigger and extra devoted enterprise unit. We sit up for serving to healthcare and industrial provide chains with a brand new supply of modern, high quality PPE options.”