Pentagon awards Wisconsin firm $7M contract to boost production of COVID-19 swabsticks

The swabsticks are used in the production of COVID-19 testing kits

The Department of Defense has awarded a $6.98 million contract to Wisconsin-based Teel Plastics to increase the domestic production capacity of COVID-19 swabsticks.

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The deal will expand the U.S.-based industrial production capacity of injection-molded and extruded swabsticks at Teel Plastics’ Baraboo, Wisc., facility, according to a statement from the DOD. The swabsticks are used in the production of COVID-19 testing kits.

“This award will increase Teel Plastics’ production capacity by approximately an additional 50 million per month for each swabstick type by March 2021, to support domestic COVID-19 testing,” said the Department of Defense in its statement. “Teel Plastics is planning to add over 30 employees to meet this increase in production rate.”

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The Pentagon in Washington, U.S., is seen from aboard Air Force One, March 29, 2018 - file photo. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Teel Plastics won plaudits for the deal on social media.

“Congratulations to @TeelPlastics on securing a federal contract to help make COVID test swabs,” tweeted the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The company has been producing medical plastic products for over 40 years, according to the Department of Defense.

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