General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Signs Contract to Deliver Machines Needed to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

BATH, Maine – General Dynamics Bath Iron Works today signed a contract with Puritan Medical Products to deliver 30 industrial machines to help the medical swab company meet demand for COVID-19 testing components.

The Guilford, Maine-based company has been tasked by the federal government to increase its production of COVID-19 sterile testing swabs, of which there is a nationwide shortage. That requires building new industrial machines to provide sterile packaging for each individual swab.

The U.S. Air Force, which is coordinating contracts under the Defense Production Act, identified Bath Iron Works as uniquely capable to perform this work within the necessary time frame.

“BIW is able to devote engineering, design and production expertise to this important humanitarian project while remaining focused on our critical mission of building ships for the U.S. Navy,” said BIW President Dirk Lesko. “We are also leveraging a wide network of supplier relationships to quickly meet this acute need.”

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