Honeywell mask equipment auctioned in Phoenix

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The company previously announced that it was cutting manual production of N95 masks in Arizona due to a significant drop in demand.

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The auctioneers plan to sell Honeywell’s mask-making equipment after the company began cutting production in Arizona in recent months.

Heritage Global Partners announced Monday that it is hosting a web auction on February 17 to sell mask-making equipment used by Honeywell at the company’s facilities in Valley.

Honeywell told Bloomberg News last summer it was cutting production at the facility and laying off around 700 workers due to a drop in demand for masks. The company told Bloomberg it would shift production to its automated factory in Chandler.

Heritage Global said Honeywell’s equipment may be useful for another manufacturer interested in preparing for a further increase in COVID-19 cases.

“The worrying spike in COVID cases, the like-new condition of assets, as well as the wide appeal of this type of equipment should be a great opportunity for the global buying community,” said David Barkoff, senior vice president from Heritage, in a press release.

Arizona reported 13,937 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and the Arizona Department of Health Services urged residents to continue wearing masks and getting vaccinated to reduce transmission of the virus.

In March 2020, Honeywell announced that it was ramping up production in Phoenix to manufacture more than 20 million N95 disposable masks each month. Honeywell made an agreement at that time with the state to produce 6 million masks over a 12-month period for Arizona healthcare workers.

Much fanfare was made about Honeywell’s mask production plant after Governor Doug Ducey invited then-President Donald Trump to visit the plant on a visit to the valley in May 2020.

“I am grateful to Honeywell for stepping up its efforts and partnering with Arizona to help provide these masks to our frontline doctors, nurses and paramedics,” Ducey said in April 2020.

But demand for masks apparently began to decline as the pandemic continued, leading Honeywell to decide to cut back on manual production.

“We appreciate the hard work and dedication these employees have shown to help protect frontline American workers battling the pandemic,” Honeywell wrote in a statement.

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