3M Plant Hits PPE Production Milestone

September 1, 2021 3M Plant Hits PPE Production Milestone

3M announced the company’s Aberdeen, South Dakota, production facility has recently manufactured its 1 billionth N95 respirator.

Early in 2020, 3M committed to ramping up its production of personal protection equipment (PPE) to combat the then burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. Since January 2020, the facility has been running 24/7. 3M also expanded the plant’s manufacturing capacity in May of last year. Twenty months later, the Aberdeen factory produced it’s 1 billionth mask, a task that under normal working conditions would take four years, Aberdeen News reports.

“I’m just really, really proud of our team here and how they’ve been able to react and step up to the plate,” said Andy Rehder, 3M Aberdeen plant director. “I’m grateful for the sacrifices people made working 24/7 to help get frontline workers the PPE they use while helping to care for others.”

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