Factories to Meet Pandemic Needs
Early in 2020, Puritan Medical Products Co. of Guilford was one of only two companies in the world producing the testing swabs needed to diagnose COVID-19. When Timothy Templet, Puritan's co-owner and executive vice president, started getting calls from the White House and other government agencies, Puritan staff began working round the clock. The company received $126 million in government contracts to build two new plants in Pittsfield, which it did, with the help of Bath Iron Works and Cianbro. The collaboration resulted in the overhaul of an abandoned smoke detector plant -- rebuilt as a swab facility -- in just 8 weeks. Puritan employed 500 people before the pandemic. They now employ 1,300.
Hall, Jessica, "Factories to Meet Pandemic Needs" (2021). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 7955.