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.
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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.