Puritan Medical Products Co., the Guilford-based manufacturer that has multiplied its COVID-19 test swab production there and in Pittsfield over the past year, is heading south to open a fourth manufacturing facility.

The Department of Defense announced this week it has awarded Puritan a $146.8 million contract to expand swab production through the creation of a new plant in Orlinda, Tenn.

The contract, a modification of a previous agreement with the DoD, will allow Puritan to renovate an existing facility in Orlinda, about 45 minutes north of Nashville and just south of the Kentucky border. With the additional capacity, Puritan is expected to turn out a total of 250 million foam-tip swabs a month by February 2022, according to a news release. Read more