Fourteen months after Honeywell International Inc. announced it would hire 500 people at its local facility to make N95 masks in the fight against the pandemic, the company said Wednesday that almost that many workers would be laid off as the need for masks wanes. Some 470 workers were being notified Wednesday, company spokesman Eric Krantz said in a statement. "We are now seeing a dramatic reduction in demand for N95s in the U.S. as many states are ending or scaling back mask mandates and vaccinations are being widely distributed,� Krantz said. �For these reasons, Honeywell is adjusting its N95 operations and ceasing manual production of N95s at our facility in Smithfield." Krantz said the company was encouraging the laid-off workers to apply for other jobs within the company and those eligible "will be offered severance per Honeywell policy and local laws."
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