Immediate Release

DOD Awards $2.75 Million Contract to NPS to Increase Domestic Production of Meltblown Fiber

July 25, 2020

On July 24, the Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), signed a $2.75 million contract award with NPS to increase domestic production of meltblown fiber.

Meltblown filtration media is a critical commodity component to produce N95 respirators and surgical masks. This investment by the U.S. government will enable NPS to domestically produce the meltblown filtration media that will support production of up to an estimated 60 million N95 respirators per month or 170 million surgical masks per month by November 2021. To meet this increased production capacity, NPS will install a new meltblown fiber line in its Green Bay, Wisconsin, facility, ensuring a sustainable domestic supply chain of meltblown filtration media.

This contract award is part of the ongoing collaboration between DoD and HHS, led by the Department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) and funded through the CARES Act, to enable and support domestic industrial base expansion for critical medical resources.