Pleasant Prairie plant switches gears to produce face masks

Posted at 2:31 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 15:31:57-04

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — IRIS U.S., the U.S. division of Japanese-based household products manufacturer IRIS Ohyama Inc., announced that the company plans to add face mask production to its manufacturing plant in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

The decision was made to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

IRIS Ohyama Inc. is investing $10 million in new machinery and planning to hire an additional 60 employees to manufacture an estimated 70 million disposable 3-ply face masks per month.

The company has been producing masks in China for more than a decade.

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