Cynthiana company’s innovation spotlighted by state

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Cynthiana company’s innovation was spotlighted Thursday by Gov. Andy Beshear during his Team Kentucky daily briefing.

Bullard, a fifth-generation, family-owned Kentucky company based in Cynthiana that develops and produces safety and personal protective equipment, recently began manufacturing an innovative respirator that is designed to help frontline heroes battle COVID and more.

The company is launching that device, called a Powered Air-Purifying Respirator, or PAPR, that offers increased protection and comfort.

“As the pandemic took hold last year and global demand for PPE skyrocketed, Bullard partnered with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown. Working together, Bullard gained efficiencies and ramped-up production of its existing respirators while expediting development of this new respirator, specifically for health care workers,” said Beshear. “This shows the very best of Team Kentucky.”

Wells Bullard, the company’s chief executive officer, explained: “Health care workers have worn PAPRs for years, but Bullard’s salus HC PAPR is a better solution because it’s truly designed to be comfortable, to be easy to use and also to enable better care through better communication. And it’s designed, developed and manufactured right here in Kentucky. I want to say a huge thanks to our incredible team at Bullard, to our amazingly brave customers and to this commonwealth for supporting us.”

Landon Borders, Bullard’s director of product development, added: “The salus HC PAPR removes particulates from the atmosphere and provides clean, breathable air to the person wearing it. We wanted to make it extremely comfortable to wear, as traditional PAPRs are worn around the waist and may not be designed for all day use. The salus HC PAPR is worn around the shoulders, which is much better for supporting weight. It’s very easy to use with one-button operation. It also makes it very easy for a patient to see the doctor’s or nurse’s face to communicate, and it rests around the ears to keep them exposed so doctors can still use stethoscopes and hear their patients better. It protects our health care professionals so that they can in turn treat our patients.”

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