Bolger & O’Hearn has been named the 2020 manufacturer of the year on behalf of the Fall River, Massachusetts, legislative district by house representative Alan Silvia on behalf of the Massachusetts’ legislature’s House/Senate Manufacturing Caucus. The company makes over 2,500 specialty chemical products for the nonwovens, textiles, and paper industries.
Since March 2020, Bolger & O’Hearn has donated thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to hospitals and community organisations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Lifespan Health System in Rhode Island and the city of Fall River. Recognising the immediate need for life-protecting hand sanitizer, Bolger & O’Hearn tapped their supply chain for the ingredients and converted part of their manufacturing operations to support delivery.
Bolger & O’Hearn also diverted business operations at the beginning of the pandemic to supply high -powered, durable water repellent (DWR) technologies to medical PPE manufacturers to make thousands of urgently needed hospital medical gowns, according to a press release by the company.
Bolger & O’Hearn had, over the previous ten years, invested heavily in the development of high-performance water and stain repellent finishes. This includes Altopel F3, a fluorine-free water repellent, and OmniBloq, an all-purpose oil, water, and stain repellent. In addition, they had been expanding their line of specialty textile coatings and adhesives technologies used in the manufacture of medical equipment.