Honeywell now hiring 500 to make safety masks

Honeywell now hiring 500 to make safety masks

SMITHFIELD – Responding to the ever-increasing need for medical supplies due to the coronavirus, 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, located 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 operations in Rhode Island to produce millions of additional N95 masks,” Trump said. “They’re very hard to get. They’re actually quite complex.”

The company will begin hiring and training employees immediately.

According to Honeywell Sourcing Specialist Debbie Ewing, the plant will hire several positions for all three shifts including entry-level to experienced-based roles. Those positions include quality technicians, production line workers, operations managers, production supervisors, material buyers, production planners, and more.

“There are immediate positions for assemblers to get that ramped up right away,” Ewing said.

Ewing said Honeywell is attempting 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 careers.honeywell.com/us/en/campaign-sps-smithfield for more information.

Due to concerns of the coronavirus, Ewing said interviews may be conducted over the phone or virtually as the situation continues.

“There are also positions that aren’t specifically part of this project,” Ewing said.

Ewing added that the Phoenix, Arizona, plant is also amping up production of masks, as well.

“It’s great to have the ability to do that [help,]” she said.

The masks will be delivered to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for use to support 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.

“We are grateful that Honeywell is expanding right here in town to meet a critical need that will help protect and save the lives of frontline healthcare workers across our country while also giving 500 people jobs in Rhode Island,” Alba said.

Town Manager Randy Rossi said it is refreshing to know Honeywell is stepping up production of N95 masks as the need for protective equipment is skyrocketing for healthcare providers and first responders.

“Their efforts will not only help essential lifesavers but will impact our economy by adding over 500 immediate new positions in our great town,” he said.