PHOENIX — Honeywell will produce more than six-million N95 masks for Arizona.
The announcement came Saturday morning from Governor Doug Ducey's Office.
According to a statement from Ducey, the state secured a new agreement with Honeywell to produce the face masks for Arizona over the next 12 months.
Once the masks are made the Arizona Department of Health Services will deliver them to county health departments. Each county will then distribute them to health, safety, and emergency response workers.
On Monday, Honeywell announced that it was adding manufacturing capabilities in Phoenix to produce N95 face masks in support of the battle against COVID-19,
Officials with Honeywell say they anticipate the new mask production line will create more than 500 new jobs in the state, for which Honeywell has already begun recruiting, hiring and training manufacturing workers on the site.
Arizona has now received 75 percent of its Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) allocation, totaling more than 1.2 million medical supplies to date.
The SNS allocation to Arizona has included over 180,000 N95 masks, 532,000 surgical face masks, and 85,000 face shields.