An additional 25 Maryland companies have been awarded a total of $1.6 million in grants for pivoting to or expanding production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The second round of funding, through the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce, will allow local businesses to manufacture critically needed items, including face shields, gowns, and N95 mask parts. The first round of grants was awarded in May.
"We are proud to provide support to the dozens of Maryland companies that stepped up during this global pandemic to produce the most critically-needed equipment," said Governor Hogan. "Our top priority is to protect our essential and front line workers, and having a steady and reliable supply of items that are still in high demand will ensure we can continue to keep them safe."
The $5 million program was created in response to a growing demand for items to protect health care and front line workers, including face shields, surgical masks, gowns and gloves, as well as items for hospitals, like thermometers, respirators, and ventilators. The program received more than 200 applications.
"There was an overwhelming response to this program and each and every company that applied for this grant saw a need and wanted to contribute in any way they could," said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "We are pleased that this program not only helped to support the production of much needed PPE, but also provided companies with funding to keep their employees working during this challenging time."
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