Commerce Township’s HoMedics to Produce Masks/PPE in Response to COVID-19

HoMedics' UVCLEAN UV-C sanitizer
HoMedics is making masks in response to COVID-19 and ramping up production of its air purifiers and UVCLEAN UV-C sanitizers (pictured), which clean phones and other small household items. Photo courtesy of HoMedics

FKA Brands, parent company to HoMedics in Commerce Township, has converted HoMedics’ production lines to produce masks and other personal protection equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HoMedics will deliver 550,000 face masks to area hospitals and other facilities starting today.

The company plans to make up to 25 million masks for health care systems nationwide in the coming weeks. HoMedics already has donated thousands of N95 face masks to the state and is donating thousands more.

“HoMedics is committed to first supplying our home state’s health care and hospitals with protective face masks and other PPE to help ensure the health and safety of those on the front line in the fight against COVID-19,” says Alon Kaufman, CEO and chairman of FKA. “We must protect our health care workers immediately.

“Once a steady supply of personal protective equipment has been established to protect those workers and first responders, we will turn our supply chain of protective health care products to continue to serve our traditional customers. The price gauging we have heard about from health care customers is horrendous and unethical. We are doing everything we can to get high quality, life-saving critical supplies to where they’re needed in time to make a meaningful difference.”

The company also has increased production of its air purifiers that use UV-C technology capable of killing up to 99.9 percent of airborne contaminants, including bacteria and viruses.

“With over 93 percent of time being spent indoors, it is more important than ever to protect our lungs by purifying the air we breathe,” says Daniel Kaufman, head of new business development.

HoMedics also ramped up production and distribution of its UVCLEAN UV-C sanitizers that kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on difficult-to-clean items such as phones, pacifiers, work badges, keys, ear buds, and more. The sanitizers are portable and designed to clean frequently touched and easy to contaminate products at home, in health care facilities, and on the go.

“We believe convenience and efficacy within sanitization is key to helping consumers adopt new, healthier, and life-saving behaviors to reduce the spread of diseases and bacteria,” says Kaufman. “We wash our hands constantly, but our phones, unbeknownst to many of us, remain the dirtiest things in our lives. If our phones aren’t clean, our hands won’t be either. Our goal is to provide a simple, fast, and effective way to consistently sanitize the items that we touch most.”

Written by Grace Turner for dBusiness magazine.