Metal supplier for respirator masks among businesses exempt from shutdown

Ulbrich Steel & Specialty Metals of North Haven was in talks Monday with N95 mask makers about the local supplier’s role in helping end the dangerous shortage of masks now impacting health care workers.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Ulbrich quoted prices to manufacturers interested in the stamped metal product used to make the fine particle respirator masks now in demand.

“Suppliers in the medical, power generation, aerospace (fields) calling and saying ‘Are you going to be open?’” Ulbrich said. “All plants are operating worldwide. One third of our metals go to critical infrastructure.”

The state’s manufacturing sector was spared any disruption Monday, when the Lamont administration released a list of essential businesses exempt from shutting down at 8 p.m. to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus

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