July '20

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Cummins Helps with Filters, Feeding Families Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins, a manufacturer of high-efficiency engines for the RV industry, partnered with 3M to manufacture particulate filters for use in 3M's Powered Air Purifying Respirators, or PAPRs, among its community service projects. Powered air purifying respirators are an important piece of equipment for frontline health care workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. PAPRs use a battery-powered blower that sends filtered air into a hood or head top that covers the wearer's head or face; and can provide increased levels of respiratory protection, especially for critical health care situations such as aerosol gener- ating procedures. PAPRs also may be more comfortable to wear for those who need respiratory protection for long periods of time. The additional filters were needed as 3M ramped up production of PAPRs to meet a surge in demand for personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 outbreak. "Cummins has been striving to find ways to help during the COVID-19 crisis," says Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins. "Working with 3M, we discovered our technologies and manufacturing expertise could be relevant as we partner in new ways to help protect health care professionals." Cummins will use existing manpower and equipment at its Neillsville, Wis., facility to pleat the media, assemble it into cartridge housings and do final testing before shipping the filters to Valley, Neb., where 3M's PAPRs are manufactured. "3M continues to work around the clock to get personal protective equip- ment, including PAPRs, to the heroic healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight," says Mike Roman, 3M chairman of the board and CEO. "Our partnership with Cummins will help us produce more of this critical equipment in the coming months." Also during the outbreak, the Cummins Foundation issued emergency grants to nonprofits addressing the needs of families and children impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The grants are targeted in cities in which the company is a critical employer with a significant role in the prosperity of the community. "When schools closed, working parents had few child-care options, learning environments were disrupted and students suddenly lacked access to nutritious meals and critical technologies to learn from home," says Mary Chandler, CEO of the Cummins Foundation and Cummins vice president of community relations and corporate responsibility. Communities in which the company operates, including Columbus, India- napolis and Seymour in Indiana, Rocky Mount, N.C., and Jamestown, N.Y. and Daventry, U.K., have applied the grant funding to address the immediate effects of the growing crisis. RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION July 2020 • RV PRO • 69 Cummins is providing assistance to communities in which it operates while also partnering with 3M to produce respirators. (Illustrated with Adobe Stock photo.)

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