A manufacturer of masks and respirators that became in high demand with the COVID-19 pandemic plans to add 80 jobs in Antwerp, Ohio.

ALG Health, in a news release Monday, said it plans to accelerate production and delivery of personal protective equipment, known as PPE. The company said it worked to support first responders during the pandemic and is continuing its efforts.

ALG hopes to hire 80 new employees immediately, the news release said. It currently employs 40 in northwest Ohio. Antwerp is about 25 miles from Fort Wayne, just east of the Indiana border.

Founded in 2020, ALG Health has produced more than 18 million masks and respirators using what it calls the “best globally-sourced materials.” The company said its products have been delivered to nearly all 50 states and worldwide.

“It’s important for ALG Health to continue our history of manufacturing excellence in the Midwest,” said a statement from Adam Harmon, founder of ALG Health. “Throughout the pandemic we were committed to keeping the world safe and we continue to believe in this mission.”

The company is recruiting for production, lab, administrative, machine operators and maintenance workers. Adrienne Robbins, a spokeswoman for the company, said through email response that minimum hourly pay for those jobs is $15 to $25, based on experience. ALG has both part-time and full-time workers, and expects to add additional shifts in the first quarter next year.

ALG has 46 workers in Bryan and about 10 at the new facility in Antwerp, where it invested about $2.5 million for building upgrades and new machines.

The Bryan facility is about 75,000 square feet, and the new Antwerp plant will be about 225,000 square feel total. About 100,000 square feet in Antwerp is so far being used for production.

Last year ALG had about $8 million in revenue, Robbins said.

“We are very excited to continue and expand our business in this region; it’s something that has always been a part of our long-term business plan,” Robbins said.

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