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Maine-Based Swab Manufacturer Gets $147 Million To Open Tennessee Facility

Rebecca Conley
Maine Public file
The Puritan Medical Products swab factory in Guilford.

A swab maker in Guilford has received nearly $147 million from the federal government to open a new factory in Tennessee next year.

The new facility will be the fourth for Guilford's Puritan Medical Products. The company received large grants from the Department of Defense last year to open two new plants in Pittsfield in order to drastically boost production of nasal swabs used in COVID-19 tests.

According to a release from the Department of Defense, the new funds will be used to renovate the facility in Tennessee, which could eventually reach a production capacity of 250 million swabs per month by early next year.