Honeywell, 3M Ramp up Respirator Production

March 24, 2020

Honeywell Safety Products USA Inc. has announced the company has increased production capabilities at its Smithfield, Rhode Island, manufacturing facility.

The Smithfield plant produces N95 disposable respirators, which currently are in high demand by health care professionals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Honeywell plans on producing millions of the disposable respirators and is recruiting, hiring, and training more than 500 manufacturing workers for its Rhode Island facility, Industrial Distribution reports.

In another attempt to provide assistance in the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak, 3M has partnered with Ford Motor Co. to increase production of its air purifying respirators (PAPRs). The two manufacturing firms are investigating specific ways the companies can rapidly combine complementary capabilities and resources to rapidly produce more PAPRs.

“We’re exploring all available opportunities to further expand 3M’s capacity and get healthcare supplies as quickly as possible to where they’re needed most – which includes partnering with other great companies like Ford,” said Mike Roman, 3M CEO. “It’s crucial that we mobilize all resources to protect lives and defeat this disease, and I’m incredibly grateful to Ford and their employees for this partnership.”

About Honeywell
Honeywell Safety Products USA Inc. is a Smithfield, Rhode Island-based manufacturer of personal protective equipment. For more information, visit

About 3M
With global sales of US$33 billion, 3M is a leading producer of thousands of products ranging from chemicals, filtration systems, and safety and protection equipment to office, graphics, and health care equipment. For more information, visit