ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RP Fedder Industrial LLC, a filter solution supplier, donated a roll of filter media valued at $1,000 to a group of volunteers sewing masks for healthcare workers throughout the Rochester region, where the company is headquartered.

“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,” said Joseph Pennise, vice president of RP Fedder, who coordinated 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.”

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 stand-alone 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,” said one volunteer working for the group. The RP Fedder donation is enough to complete 2,000 masks. 

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