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Using our expertise to support our Community

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, Whelen wants to do its part to support our communities in any way we can. Today I am proud to share that we have partnered with health care providers to address their dire need for masks and full face shields in our CT and NH facilities to donate to health care personnel who desperately need them. 

Finding a way to design and produce PPE at our facilities became a goal very quickly as the pandemic began to ramp up in the U.S.. The aim was to utilize Whelen’s resources to create personal protective equipment (PPE) that would support first responders and healthcare workers who are at a higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. To respond, Whelen temporarily reorganized some of its resources to manufacture these needed face masks and face shields.

The mask design was adapted from the Montana Mask, invented by Dr. Dusty Richardson, Dr. Spencer Zaugg, and Colton Zaugg. The shield was created from a University of Wisconsin open source design.

I’d like to thank everyone at our CT and NH facilities who have worked tirelessly to bring this idea to fruition, as well as Christine Hedden from our HR department and Joan Feldman from Shipman & Goodwin LLP for helping us develop meaningful connections with healthcare providers who needed our help.

Hospitals, nursing homes, and health care providers in over eight states have received PPE from Whelen. Whelen was proud to ship the first donations on April 16, 2020. So far, over 20,000 masks and shields have been shipped.

As the world grapples with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, we are dedicated to serving our communities. I believe that together we can make a difference, and together, we will overcome this.

Whelen will continue to seek other ways to further support the courageous healthcare workers and first responders in their tireless efforts to support, comfort, and heal our communities during this time.


George W Whelen V
President & CEO

About Whelen Engineering

Whelen revolutionized emergency warning technology with the invention of the first rotating “anti-collision” beacon in 1952. Today, Whelen continues to push the boundaries of innovation with reliable and powerful lights, sirens, control systems, and software. Whelen encompasses two state-of-the-art facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire, with over 750,000 square feet of engineering and manufacturing space. With quality as our foundation, we celebrate innovative engineering in every product we produce.