The U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it would invest $ 75.5 million in the Defense Production Act to increase rod production by 20 million a month since May.
“The Pentagon will invest $ 75.5 million in Title 3 of the Defense Production Act to increase rod production by $ 20 million per month from May,” said agency spokesman Lt. Colonel Mike Andrews, in a statement.
Puritan Medical Products has won the order to “quickly” set up new facilities in Pittsfield, Maine to double the current monthly stick production from 20 million to 40 million. The company will hire 150 new employees to ensure production.
“Increased production and long-term industrial capacity will help meet the country’s needs,” added Andrews. The sticks are required to perform diagnostic tests for coronavirus.
The Defense Equipment Act is a Cold War regulation that dates back to World War II but was concluded during the Korean War in 1950 and “grants powers of war” to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, “the national production of medical” Aid to speed up the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, which the President activated at the end of March.