Rochester, NH – Lydall, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and specialty filtration solutions, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony recently to celebrate a major expansion of its production facility in Rochester.
The ceremony marked the beginning of construction on Lydall’s Filtration Center of Excellence, where the company will develop new, high-performing, and environmentally sustainable media for air and liquid filtration. The new facility will also house two new production lines that will enable Lydall to dramatically increase production of fine fiber meltblown filtration media for N95 respirators, surgical masks, and air filtration systems.
By May 2021, when both new production lines are fully operational, Lydall will increase its capacity of fine fiber meltblown filtration media to support the domestic production of 1.7 billion N95 respirators or 6.5 billion surgical masks per year.
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Mayor Caroline McCarley, and Will Arvelo, director of the N.H. division of economic development, were in attendance.
“Thank you to all of the Lydall employees who are coming to work every day, putting the health of others before their own, so those on the frontlines can do their jobs safely,” said Senator Shaheen.
Lydall’s investment in the expanded facility and new production lines is supported by a $13.5 million commitment from the U.S. federal government. This commitment is a product of the ongoing collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services, led by the department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force and funded through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.