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Utica company gets $50K for N95 testing, materials

Environmental Composites in Utica received a $50,000 grant to test and sample materials to produce N95 masks or similar alternatives.

Posted: Apr 27, 2020 6:18 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Environmental Composites in Utica received a $50,000 grant to test and sample materials to produce N95 masks or similar alternatives.

“Basically the $50,000 is for testing sample materials. We have to work with our suppliers; we will be creating special materials for it, we may want to make some changes to the raw materials for their special orders and test them after to make sure we’re on the right path to get them out there,” said Stephen Copperwheat, president of Environment Composites.

FuzeHub, the center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership, announced the winners Monday.

A total of $300,000 in funding was awarded to the following:

  • Precision Valve & Automation received $100,000 to support ventilator production.
  • Spiro Devices in Brooklyn received $100,000 to speed up production of ventilation devices.
  • Environmental Composites in Utica received $50,000 for N95 mask manufacturing.
  • General Composites in Willsboro received $50,000 for N95 mask manufacturing.

FuzeHub launched its COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants program to help New York State-based, small to medium-sized manufacturing companies accelerate production of personal protective equipment and respiratory care equipment.

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