Foxconn Technology Group said Monday that it plans to use its factory in Mount Pleasant to make masks for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The company, which is continuing to build a large flat-screen manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, said the masks it assembles in Wisconsin under its subsidiary Sharp have undergone testing in the U.S. Such procedural masks are in high-demand amid the coronavirus outbreak and could be used by health care workers, law enforcement, caregivers and others.
Foxconn says assembly employees are following a number of safety procedures — such as hand-washing and body-temperature screenings — while they work to produce masks.
The company also is working with the medical-technology firm Medtronic to produce ventilators to treat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Foxconn says employees of both companies are working to “fast-track” the project.
“Whether it is consumer electronics, industrial Artificial Intelligence, display technology, high-performance computing, 5G networks, or procedural masks, Foxconn’s manufacturing expertise, global supply-chain reach, and agility is working to save lives,” Jay Lee, board member and vice-chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, said in a statement.