Governor Lamont Announces $3 Million Donation of Personal Protective Equipment by Raytheon Technologies to Connecticut for Use by First Responders and Health Care Professionals
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that Raytheon Technologies – the recently merged company consisting of Raytheon Company and United Technologies – is donating more than $3 million worth of charter transportation and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the State of Connecticut’s relief supplies, which will be distributed by the state to first responders and front line health care professionals.
The donation includes 455,000 KN95 masks, 325,000 surgical masks, 120,000 protective coveralls, and 4,500 ICU coveralls. The gear is being purchased from suppliers in China and shipped to the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security commodities warehouse, where it will be sorted and delivered to those in need through a joint operation with the Connecticut National Guard. The Raytheon Technologies team on the ground in China coordinated the logistics of the acquisition and air travel to the United States. The first shipment is scheduled to arrive in Connecticut on Sunday.
“Getting PPE to front line workers who are battling this pandemic is a top priority, and amid a global shortage of this gear we are appreciative to have corporate partners like Raytheon Technologies that are utilizing their resources and supply chain to boost Connecticut’s supplies and get this equipment to those who need it the most,” Governor Lamont said.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health of our communities and the global economy has been swift and unprecedented,” Raytheon Technologies CEO Greg Hayes said. “We stand ready to support our nation and our local communities where we can throughout this crisis. It is truly amazing to see how quickly we have been able to come together and mobilize teams on the ground in China to source and transport this urgently needed PPE shipment and I want to thank everyone involved.”
“Connecticut has been home to Pratt & Whitney for 95 years, and we feel strongly that if we all band together to help our communities, we will get through this moment of great need,” Pratt & Whitney President Chris Calio said. “As one of the state’s largest and most active employers we are honored to lend our resources and expertise to bring much needed supplies to our state.”
“Our teams are working tirelessly to source, organize and assemble equipment to take care of medical workers around the world – and those who are taking care of the communities in which we live and work,” Collins Aerospace President Stephen Timm said. “Many Collins Aerospace employees call Connecticut home, and I could not be prouder of their commitment to doing everything possible to get these urgently needed supplies in the hands of those who need them the most.”
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. It comprises four industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense. The company was formed through the merger of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses in April 2020.