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Immediate Release

DOD Awards $565,000 Contract to Freeman Manufacturing Co. to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Disposable Gowns

On Nov. 20, 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $565,000 contract to Freeman Manufacturing Co. to increase domestic production capability of disposable gowns.

This industrial base expansion effort will allow Freeman to increase production capacity of disposable gowns in Sturgis, Michigan by 1.5 million gowns annually by April 2021, to support domestic gown manufacturing.

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.