UPF Donates N95 Masks to Local First Responders

First Reponders MaskWhen Joe Lingel, the Owner of United Plastic Fabricating, Inc.  With a shortage of PPE for first responders Joe decided to inventory what his company had for N95 masks.  As a retired Fire Chief of Lynnfield, MA, he knows how important it is to have the right equipment for first responders.

“We purchased these masks a while ago to keep in stock.  I have reached out to other local businesses to check their supply in their warehouses.  The first responders need all the help we can offer,” said Joe Lingel, Owner of United Plastic Fabricating, Inc.  “If you have extra, please consider donating to the local FD and PD departments or local hospitals,” Lingel added.

Lingel decided to distribute what masks UPF had in stock to the North Reading Fire Department, Lynnfield Fire Department and to the North Andover Fire and Police Departments. He spent over 40 years on the Lynnfield Fire Department and retired as Chief on December 31, 2013.  North Andover is where UPF’s Corporate Headquarters is located and to show his gratitude for being there in the event of an emergency, he had a supply of masks dropped off at both local stations. Lingel currently lives in North Reading.

“UPF’s donation of N95 respirators to the North Andover Fire Department will help my Fire Fighters and EMTs to be able to continue to respond to calls for service safely,” said North Andover Fire Chief, Bill McCarthy.    “We have seen an outpouring of donations of PPE supplies from local businesses and families throughout the town.  The central station located at 795 Chickering Road is accepting donations and distributing needed supplies to Lawrence General Hospital,” McCarthy added.

UPF manufactures and maintains water and foam tanks for emergency vehicles, such as Fire Apparatus, Rescues, Ambulances, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicles. This is deemed Critical Manufacturing and our facilities in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Florida remain open.  As a result, our employees still working on site are all practicing Coronavirus guidelines.

In the mid 80s, the founders of United Plastic Fabricating, Inc. evaluated water tanks used for fire apparatus. They determined that water tanks could be made from high impact polypropylene instead of galvanized steel, which is heavy and prone to corrosion. This strong, lightweight plastic could be welded using extruded sheet and made into a water tank, while offering a weight savings and eliminating corrosion.  UPF is the #1 tank manufacturer in the fire industry and will be entering 35 years of business in December.