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Immediate Release

DOD Awards $37.6 Million Contract to Showa Best Glove, Inc. to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Nitrile Gloves

On June 17, 2021, the Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $37.6 million contract to Showa Best Glove, Inc. to increase domestic production of nitrile gloves.

This industrial base expansion effort will allow Showa to increase production capacity of nitrile gloves in Fayette, Alabama by 66.7 million gloves per month, by June 2023.

The DOD’s Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell (DA2) led this effort in coordination with the Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT).  HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) funded this effort through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act to support industrial base expansion for critical medical resources.