COLUMBUS—State Senators Michael Rulli (R-Salem) and Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) today toured RB Sigma in Mentor, Ohio, a manufacturing company that has produced more than 20 million personal protection equipment (PPE) items delivered throughout Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company donated over 450,000 PPE surgical masks to local boards of elections in all 88 counties for November voters and poll workers.
Over 450,000 PPE surgical masks have been donated by RB Sigma to the board of elections for November voters and poll workers in all 88 Counties.
"This is an extraordinary group of workers that have been behind the scenes responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with many other Ohio businesses, RB Sigma saw a need and did what needed to be done to meet it," said Rulli.
In June, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced a grant program that provided funds to small manufacturers to repurpose existing facilities to make PPE or reshore PPE production to Ohio.
RB Sigma was one of 68 companies across the state to receive $500,000 in Ohio's PPE Retooling and Reshoring Grant. The grant was used to buy additional N95 and surgical mask machines, research and development, and training for recently hired technicians.
“Each day it seems we are learning something new about the vital role played by face masks in combating the spread of diseases like COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we need to look out for each other, and the great work being done by the people at RB Sigma will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of thousands of Ohioans," said O'Brien. "I am proud to say that such a company calls northeastern Ohio home.”