BOZEMAN, MONT. — West Paw is utilizing the skills of its workforce to manufacture face masks to meet increased demand for PPE in the United States. The company received a $5,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) to support employees in this effort.

“In these challenging times, West Paw encourages all of our employees to be on the lookout for new ways to help our global citizens while also using business as a force for good,” said Spencer Williams, chief executive officer and president of West Paw. “The need for masks is so great, West Paw decided to expand our mask making capabilities and help fill this critical need for PPE across the country while continuing to provide free masks to our healthcare workers.”

The masks are being produced at West Paw’s manufacturing facility in Bozeman, which typically produces dog toys and other dog products. The masks will be distributed to local health care workers.

“We are a Montana company and we’re here to proudly support local ingenuity to battle COVID-19 and keep our providers safe,” said Collette Hanson, president of BCBSMT.

The lightweight masks produced by West Paw are designed based on recommendations by Johns Hopkins University, including a pocket for additional filtration and a metal nose piece for custom fitting. They are available in adult and child sizes in a variety of patterns and colors based on availability of materials. The masks will also be sold through West Paw’s website.

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