Collision repair shop, construction company donate N95 masks to Pittsburgh-area hospitals

The masks worn by workers at County Line Collision Center are in short supply, but Bill Sorochman decided to help hospital workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.”When I got to work this morning, I checked to see what kind of masks we use and it turns out they are the 3M N95 masks,” Sorochman said Monday.He donated the only unopened box at his Murrysville shop to Forbes Hospital in nearby Monroeville.”I would hope that other body shops, manufacturers, painters, things of that nature, would look and see what kind of masks they’re using and help everybody out by donating them to the hospitals or ambulance services — the people who really need them,” Sorochman said.Steven Massaro, of Massaro Corporation, said he received eight email requests on Monday alone from nonprofits seeking masks to help patients.”These masks are like gold right now,” Massaro said. “That’s how in demand they are.”His family’s construction corporation is giving that gold away, donating 600 masks to the Allegheny Health Network hospitals.”Part of our mission is to serve the community where we work. This is a no-brainer,” Massaro said. “And anyone who we asked within our company and our suppliers — they scratched and clawed real hard to get as many masks as they can. We’re still trying to get them.”Turner Construction, Considine Biebel and Co., E.E. Austin and Son and the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School are also donating masks to AHN, the healthcare system said.Despite the challenge of slower business in construction and collision repairs, Massaro and Sorochman want to take care of the people who take care of their workers.”Right now, you just can’t get them from our supplier, and I’ll just use what I have left and improvise,” Sorochman said.

The masks worn by workers at County Line Collision Center are in short supply, but Bill Sorochman decided to help hospital workers on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.

“When I got to work this morning, I checked to see what kind of masks we use and it turns out they are the 3M N95 masks,” Sorochman said Monday.

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He donated the only unopened box at his Murrysville shop to Forbes Hospital in nearby Monroeville.

“I would hope that other body shops, manufacturers, painters, things of that nature, would look and see what kind of masks they’re using and help everybody out by donating them to the hospitals or ambulance services — the people who really need them,” Sorochman said.

Steven Massaro, of Massaro Corporation, said he received eight email requests on Monday alone from nonprofits seeking masks to help patients.

“These masks are like gold right now,” Massaro said. “That’s how in demand they are.”

His family’s construction corporation is giving that gold away, donating 600 masks to the Allegheny Health Network hospitals.

“Part of our mission is to serve the community where we work. This is a no-brainer,” Massaro said. “And anyone who we asked within our company and our suppliers — they scratched and clawed real hard to get as many masks as they can. We’re still trying to get them.”

Turner Construction, Considine Biebel and Co., E.E. Austin and Son and the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School are also donating masks to AHN, the healthcare system said.

Despite the challenge of slower business in construction and collision repairs, Massaro and Sorochman want to take care of the people who take care of their workers.

“Right now, you just can’t get them from our supplier, and I’ll just use what I have left and improvise,” Sorochman said.