March 27, 2020
RP Fedder Industrial, LLC, a premier filter solution supplier for some of the world’s largest companies, is donating a roll of filter media to a local group of volunteers that is sewing masks for healthcare workers throughout the region. Answering a call put out by roccovid19masks.org, sewers have been purchasing or receiving donations of household filters and tearing them apart to get to the filter media they need for the masks. This effort presents challenges, as filters are heavily glued and have a layer of sharp, metal mesh to break through before sewers could get to the material they needed. Additionally, many volunteers ran out of filters. RP Fedder’s donation provides them with the standalone filter media they need so they don’t have to disassemble anything to get to it. “This will make the process go so much faster and make so many more masks,” says one volunteer working for the group. The RP Fedder donation is enough to complete 2,000 masks.
“RP Fedder has a longstanding relationship with healthcare providers in this community and appreciates the tremendous efforts they’re all putting toward patient care at this critical time,” says Joseph Pennise, vice president of RP Fedder, who is coordinating the donation for the company. “When we received the request from a volunteer, we jumped at the chance to be able to help provide an added measure of safety for local healthcare professionals.”
Listen to the interview Scott Spezzano and Sandy of 98.9 The Buzz conducted with RP Fedder president, Chris Fox, by clicking below.