Honeywell International Inc. is closing two N95 respirator factories at once due to declining demand. Bloomberg reported this with reference to a statement from a company representative that it received. The closure will affect 1,070 employees at facilities in Smithfield, Rhode Island and Phoenix, Arizona.
Manufactures were opened at existing Honeywell facilities amid growing demand for masks triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the situation has now changed. Mandatory wearing of masks has been abolished in many states of the United States, and, in addition, vaccines for the coronavirus have appeared. All this prompted people to stop wearing masks or respirators.
The agency quoted one of the company’s spokesmen, Eric Krantz, as saying Honeywell is seeing a “dramatic decline” in demand for N95 respirators. The company will continue to manufacture respirators at its Chandler, Arizona plant, Mr. Krantz said.