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Foxconn to make thousands of face masks to reduce spread of COVID-19

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 17:15:24-04

MOUNT PLEASANT — Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) has announced they are making thousands of face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S. and the state of Wisconsin.

The company has begun making procedural masks in Mount Pleasant under the brand Sharp, which is owned by Foxconn. Medical professionals, law enforcement, pharmacists, caregivers, and others can use the masks Foxconn will create.

"Foxconn's founder, Terry Gou, has heard the call from federal and state elected leaders for industries and businesses to pull together their resources and do their part in the fight against COVID-19," said Dr. Jay Lee, Board Member and Vice-Chairman of Foxconn Technology Group. "Whether it is consumer electronics, industrial Artificial Intelligence, display technology, high-performance computing, 5G networks, or procedural masks, Foxconn's manufacturing expertise, global supply-chain reach, and agility is working to save lives."

The company says they're following Gov. Evers' "Safer at Home" order and CDC prevention guidelines by asking certain employees to work from home. Other employees are going through safety protocols and procedures, which include the use of personal protective equipment.

Foxconn is also working with Medtronic, a U.S.-based medical technology provider, on an initiative to produce medical ventilators in Wisconsin. Medical and technical experts from both companies are researching and developing production processes so additional ventilators can be quickly produced to fight the current global pandemic.

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