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Fluor-BWXT Employee uses Hobby to Fight COVID-19 and Raise Money for Local Charities

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio -- November 16, 2020 -- What started as a hobby for Fluor-BWXT (FBP) employee Mimi Clausing to fill time has turned into an act of charity to help others stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Fluor-BWXT employee Mimi Clausing wearing one of her masks.

When the pandemic made its initial surge in the spring, Clausing was one of many FBP employees at home on COVID leave.  However, rather than slowing down, Clausing got busy.  She put her sewing skills to work by making masks to donate to the Hillview Retirement Center in Portsmouth. It didn’t take long for word to get out. 

“I started getting orders for five, 10, even 20 masks at a time,” said Clausing. “I was cutting and sewing almost non-stop. It was fun and kept me busy!”

Soon she was making masks for caregivers at Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) emergency room, the maternity department, the Cancer Center, SOMC Hospice and Buckeye Towers Senior apartments.

When people offered to pay for her work, she would decline but then she had an idea.

“I decided to accept donations and then gave those donations to charities of my choice,” Clausing said. To date, Clausing has made more than 800 masks and donated nearly $2,000 to nine different charities.

“As cumbersome as it is to have to wear the masks, it’s a good feeling when you see someone wearing one you made,” said Clausing. “I didn’t really know what to expect of the COVID-19 journey or how long it would last, but I’m glad I was able to find a purpose and need for my sewing talents.”

Mimi has also made masks for many of her co-workers. Pictured, from left, are Jon Kirkendall, Dustin Metzger, Rebecca Young, Tina Cain, Cindy Kneisley, Pam Jacobs, Charlene Barch, Carla Hobbs, Clausing, John Jenkins, Adkins, and William Roll. Fellow co-worker Kristina Adkins helped style the masks using her Cricut machine.

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About Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Jacobs Engineering, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT employs 1,800 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.