West Paw Helps Meet National Demand for Masks
West Paw has retooled its Bozeman, Mont., production facility so its employees can make masks and donate them to local health care workers. The masks are also available for purchase.
West Paw, a pet product manufacturer, has retooled its production facility in Bozeman, Mont., so its employees can make masks for local health care workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In these challenging times, West Paw encourages all of our employees to be on the lookout for new ways to help our global citizens while also using business as a force for good,” said Spencer Williams, president and CEO of West Paw. “The need for masks is so great, West Paw decided to expand our mask making capabilities and help fill this critical need for PPE [personal protective equipment] across the country while continuing to provide free masks to our health care workers.”
In April, West Paw received a $5,000 gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana to support them in their efforts.
“We are a Montana company, and we’re here to proudly support local ingenuity to battle COVID-19 and keep our providers safe,” said Collette Hanson, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana.
West Paw is handcrafting the reusable masks using a pattern provided by Johns Hopkins University. The masks are available in adult sizing and one style for children. The non-medical grade masks include the following features, according to officials: tightly-woven cotton; a lightweight, flexible metal nose piece for a custom fit; and a pocket for additional filtration. Additional filtration is not provided, officials noted.
The masks are also available for purchase. For details, click here.