On Nov. 13, 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $6.18 million contract to Medline Industries, Inc. to increase domestic production capacity of surgical masks.

This industrial base expansion effort will allow Medline to increase production capacity in Lithia Springs, Georgia by 36 million surgical masks per month by May 2021.

The DOD’s Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell led this effort in coordination with the Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force. This effort was funded through the HHS Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support domestic industrial base expansion for critical medical resources.

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