How a Maine maker of COVID swabs hit the ground running in Tennessee

Scott Wellman, general manager of Puritan Medical Products, brought along Maine-brewed Bissell Brothers beer as an offering to local officials in Tennessee.

But it was Tennessee officials that rolled out the welcome mat for the Guilford-based maker of swabs used in COVID-19 tests.

It’s been a whirlwind past year for Puritan, which had already received more than $140 million in government funding to establish factories to produce millions of swabs. It has already built out two factories in Pittsfield to supplement production at its Guilford plant. Earlier this spring, the federal government awarded Puritan another $146.8 million under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to establish a factory that would be more centrally located in the U.S. Read more

Related Posts

Bangor will be abuzz with Maine science at annual festival

The Maine Science Festival’s headlining event will be a major collaboration with a local arts organization for the second year in...

23 March 2023

Report: National Institutes of Health added $264M to Maine economy in 2022

The National Institutes of Health supported 1,950 jobs and $264 million in economic activity in Maine during 2022 through $112.7 million in grants and...

22 March 2023

Northern Light completes deal to outsource diagnostics to Quest

Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), a Secaucus, N.J.-based diagnostic information services provider with a national footprint, said Monday that it has completed the acquisition...

21 March 2023