By Jeff Gifford – Digital Editor, Phoenix Business Journal Jun 15, 2020, 2:24pm MST Updated Jun 15, 2020, 3:03pm MST
An East Valley company says it is set to produce up to 50 million surgical grade masks per month with the launch of its new manufacturing facility in Mesa.
US Power AZ PPE’s new facility at the Gateway Technology Commerce Center, near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, is capable of producing about 120 of its three-ply disposable and recyclable masks per machine per minute and can quickly expand to meet demand.
The manufacturer said it is starting with 40 workers and will have an anticipated 60 more jobs by the end of the year.
Kevin Thorpe, president of US Power AZ PPE, said he hopes the company helps to fill the need for masks to allow Arizonans to return to normal activities and is ready to help supply students and others around the state.
The company makes masks in adult and children’s sizes.
“We are proud Arizonans and are eager to provide an American-made product to help protect our communities,” Thorpe said in a statement. “We all want to get back to business as usual, but taking health and safety precautions is going to be part of our new norm. Power PPE is honored to step up to provide safe, reliable and environmentally conscious protective wear to help people stay healthy and feel better about returning to work, school and play.”