Companies Offering N95 Masks
ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering N95 masks
MN-based 3M Corporation (3M) manufactures industrial, safety and consumer products. They are currently the largest manufacturer of N95 masks, also known as N95 respirators, by volume. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, 3M has expanded its N95 mask production. It is now producing 100 million masks per month globally, with US production at about 50 million masks per month. 3M intends to invest in new equipment to further ramp up production to two billion masks per year globally within one year. This push is expected to help 3M provide 420 million masks per year to US healthcare buyers. However, 3M is unable to disclose current inventory levels or restock timelines.
Canada-based company Alpha Pro Tech offers protective apparel (e.g. shoe covers, coveralls, gowns), infection control products (e.g. face masks and eye shields) and building products (e.g. house wrap and synthetic roof underlayment). This company only sells their infection control products through distributors, which include Fisher Scientific, Medline and Grainger. Between, January 27, 2020 and May 1, 2020, the company booked about $46.8 million in orders for N95 face masks. They were able to fulfill roughly $3.7 million of the orders in the first quarter of 2020, which was slightly below their target of $4.0 million. While an earthquake in March caused delays at its PPE manufacturing plant in Utah, the facility has since ramped up production and is operating normally. All 2020 orders that have been booked are expected to be fulfilled by the end of the year and orders have already been placed for 2021. Order fulfillment may improve as the company finishes a production capacity expansion by late summer.
Chinese automaker BYD received National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approval on their N95 masks in early June. BYD claims to be the world’s largest mask factory now, and is capable of producing 50 million masks a day. However, some of these masks are surgical masks and KN95 masks. Because they are new to supplying N95 masks to the United States, inventory information is limited. The company is currently working to fulfill a large order for California, promising to deliver 150 million N95 masks in June from its Shenzhen, China factory.
OH-based Cardinal Health Inc. (Cardinal) connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists and manufacturers by offering a wide range of medical products, pharmaceuticals and services. Cardinal is using “fair share allocation” practices with its current clients, which means it is allocating its current supply of critical products across its customers based on their historic share of demand. However, clients will not necessarily receive the same quantities they are used to, given the ongoing supply shortage. In mid-May, Cardinal was able to move N95 mask backorders to other distribution centers with product availability in order to ensure near-complete shipments. However, Cardinal’s supplies remain limited and the company does not expect to be able to keep up with high demand into the fourth quarter as they continue running out of key materials. Current inventory levels can be compared across distribution centers when orders are placed. This information is available to customers only.
NC-based Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) is a technology and manufacturing company that operates through four segments: Aerospace, Home and Building Technologies, Performance Materials and Technologies and Safety and Productivity Solutions. To offer adequate safety solutions during the pandemic, Honeywell has ramped up N95 mask production for its Rhode Island and Arizona facilities. Combined, these facilities produce 20 million masks each month. N95 masks are currently being prioritized for frontline workers. Honeywell has declined to provide exact inventory information. Vice President Mike Pence recently said that Honeywell will soon be boosting N95 mask production by 120 million masks per year.
TX-based manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Kimberly-Clark) is a multinational personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products, but also provides apparel for scientific and research settings (e.g. masks, gloves and shoe covers). While detailed inventory information is not available through Kimberly-Clark directly, distributors such as Fastenal reportedly have N95 masks in stock, with certain types of N95 masks shipping from Kimberly-Clark within 7 days. While Kimberly-Clark is based in Texas, they manufacture masks in Mexico.
MA-based Louis M. Gerson Co. Inc. (The Gerson Company) is one of the leading medical suppliers in the world. The Company offers strainers, dispensers, bags, spreaders, spray socks, tack cloth, filters, respiratory masks and related products. The Gerson Company is not taking new orders directly until 2021. However, some of its distributors are currently supplying small order sizes of up to 60 pieces that deliver within five days of purchase.
Canada-based manufacturer Medicom is currently raising N95 mask output in its factories in France and Augusta, Georgia in order to help keep up with surging demand. The company is considered a leading manufacturer and distributor of infection control, single use and preventive products for the medical, dental, industrial, veterinary, laboratory and health and beauty markets. Since the pandemic began, order sizes for N95 masks have swelled to more than 500 million units, which is more N95 masks than they typically provide each year. To meet rising demand, the company has doubled their capacity, now producing over one million masks per day. Medicom recently announced plans to open a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Montreal and where they will produce masks primarily for the Canadian market. The company is unable to provide inventory information because their stock is constantly changing and much of their inventory is already allocated to current clients.
CA-based manufacturer Moldex-Metric Inc. (Moldex) offers a variety of safety products, including hearing and respiratory protection. Moldex can typically produce eight million N95 masks per month, although it mainly manufactures N95 masks for industrial use. However, recent legislation is allowing manufacturers to supply hospitals with N95 masks made for industrial use without fear of liability, which will allow Moldex to enter the market. Moldex does not provide inventory information and mainly sells through distributors, such as Grainger. N95 masks by Moldex are not currently in stock on Grainger’s website. Other distributors, such as Medline Industries and Wesco, provide inventory details for customers only.
VA-based vendor Owens & Minor is a healthcare logistics company that offers global sourcing services. In addition to acting as a distributor, they manufacture various healthcare products, including N95 masks. Its N95 masks are manufactured in North America, with sites in Lexington, NC and Del Rio, TX. The respirators are sold under the Halyard brand. The company plans to produce 20 million N95 masks per month now that they have made investments into their production line at the Texas facility. Their manufacturing capacity for N95 masks has expanded by 300%, compared to 2019 levels. Owens & Minor is currently committed to providing its products to healthcare providers and does not sell to individuals.
TX-based company Prestige Ameritech is the largest domestic manufacturer of surgical masks but also produces N95 masks. In addition, Prestige Ameritech designs and manufactures automated machinery for healthcare production lines. It typically produces 250,000 masks per day, but is now making one million per day. Prestige Ameritech is striving to further increase production by purchasing new equipment and hiring new employees to add to its current staff of 100. It is receiving daily orders of up to 300 million and cannot currently meet demand. After healthcare improvement company Premier Inc. closed a multiyear deal with Ameritech in May, Ameritech is able to invest in new machinery to help ramp up capacity. Until further notice, all current production capacity is dedicated solely to hospital and healthcare customers.
- Although the FDA initially recommended the decontamination and reuse of a wide range of respirators when the shortage of N95 masks first hit, they have since recalled several masks on that list. As of June 7, the FDA now holds that decontamination can only be performed on noncellulose-compatible N95 respirators. Respirators that have exhalation tubes, as well as certain N95 masks made in China, are among the items than cannot be decontaminated and reused.
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