Johns Manville Manufactures Nonwoven Media for Masks

April 20, 2020

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Johns Manville Manufactures Nonwoven Media for Masks
Johns Manville is now producing nonwoven media for face masks at its Richland, MS plant. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Bedding and specialty products manufacturer Johns Manville announced Monday it started production of nonwoven media for face masks used in the fight against COVID-19 at its Richland, MS factory.

Because most face mask production is located in Asia, the new capacity will help to meet a shortage of the products in the US and Europe. The company said the existing capabilities of its Engineered Products business position the firm to meet some of the increased demand for respirators.

“Johns Manville is in a unique position to serve a market that is fulfilling a great need across the world,” the firm’s chief executive officer and president, Mary Rhinehart, said in a release. “We are proud of our teams in Richland and throughout JM for finding new ways to support the communities and people who are on the front lines of this global crisis.”

Media produced at the Mississippi site can reach or exceed requirements for Level 1 BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) 95% and VFE (Viral Filtration Efficiency). The company said the products’ performance has been verified by an FDA-registered national laboratory. 

The plant in Richland traditionally produces filtration products for air and liquid applications. Its polypropylene and polyester meltblown technology will be used to produce the face masks. 

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