Gov. Hogan announces $1.6 million in grants to Maryland companies producing PPE

Posted at 12:47 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 12:47:41-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland has awarded more than $1.6 million in a first round of grants to 20 Maryland companies for pivoting to or expanding production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Through the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce, companies are receiving grants of up to $100,000 to manufacture everything from face shields, gowns, N-95 masks, and respirator parts to battery packs for ventilators.

“Ramping up our supply of PPE is a critical building block in our state’s recovery plan, and we are taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to secure these resources for our front line workers,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank and commend the local businesses who have shifted their operations and increased production to help us save lives and flatten the curve.”

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 and gowns and gloves, as well as items for hospitals, like thermometers, respirators, and ventilators. The program received more than 200 applications, and additional grants will be made available in the coming weeks.

“We quickly created this program to address an immediate critical need, and our business community has responded in a big way,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Many of these companies have had to rapidly ramp up production of these items, while others pivoted completely from their normal operations and came up with a creative way they could help, with some adding new jobs in the process.”

The following Maryland companies are receiving grant funding:

Grant Recipient
Typical Production
COVID-19 Production
Awesome Ninja Labs
Baltimore City
Medical devices
Face shields
Battery back-ups for computers
Battery packs for Vyaire ventilators
CR Daniels
Textile, plastics, and metal manufacturing
Face masks and gowns
DiPole Materials
Baltimore City
Custom nanofiber manufacturing
Filters for medical masks and respirators
DVF Corporation
Metal and plastic fabrications
Plastic components of respirators
Fashions Unlimited
Baltimore City
Apparel manufacturing
Surgical masks and protective gowns
Fabrication Events
Special event decor
Face masks, head coverings, and other PPE
Harbor Designs
Baltimore City
Manufacturing design and engineering
Hardwire, LLC
Bulletproof body armor and equipment for law enforcement and the military
Face shields
K&W Finishing
Baltimore City
Traditional die cutting, coating, and other bindery services
Face shields
Key Technologies
Baltimore City
Medical devices
Blower units for positive air pressure respirators
LAI International
Components for aerospace and defense,medical devices, and infrastructure systems
Face shields
Manta BioFuels
Baltimore County
Energy technology
Face shields
Marty’s Bag Works
Anne Arundel
Canvas boating products, cushions, laser printing, and bags
Surgical masks, face shields, and lightweight gowns
Nations Photo Lab
Baltimore County
Full-service photo printing
Face shields
NRL & Associates
Queen Anne’s
Ultra-precision machining, fabrication, and assembly
Potomac Photonics
Baltimore County
Biotech and medical devices
PPE visors
Rankin Upholstery
Auto, marine, aircraft and custom upholstery
Masks, gowns, and other PPE
Adhesive solutions
N-95 masks
Laser light show systems
Face shields