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3/23/2020 Senator Lombardi urges Honeywell to hire restaurant and hospitality workers to fill new positions
STATE HOUSE — Welcoming the news that a Smithfield company is ramping up its production of face masks, Rep Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston) is urging Honeywell to draw from restaurant and hospitality workers who have lost their jobs for the company’s new hires.

Honeywell Inc., which specializes in the manufacture of safety equipment, has announced that it expects to hire 500 new workers to handle the increase in production. The company plans to recruit, hire and train immediately.

“Rhode Island is fortunate that this company is headquartered here,” said Senator Lombardi. “And Honeywell is fortunate that it has such a talented pool of workers to draw from. So many people in the restaurant and hospitality industry have lost their jobs due to the social distancing requirements of coronavirus policies. I urge the company to reach out to them, and together they can help mitigate this disaster and bring a happy close to it.”

The N95 masks are produced by the company are of particular importance to medical professionals because they filter and block 95 percent of airborne particles and droplets such as those that transmit coronavirus. The company has said that it hopes increased production will provide millions of additional masks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903