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Governor Hogan Announces $1.6 Million In Grants To Companies Producing PPE In Response To COVID-19

April 28th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today 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

“After hearing story after story of ventilator shortages, I wanted to put our resources to use to help,” said Jonathan Sevel, CEO of CoastTec. “I knew that our company is adaptable enough to focus engineering and manufacturing towards a cost-effective viable strategy to get non-working ventilators back into circulation. We estimate that we will be able to manufacture 200-300 ventilator battery packs per day, hopefully easing some of the strain on the system.”

“The Commerce Department's rapid response to getting us assistance has given us the confidence to invest in our filter production equipment and allowed us to bring on an additional dozen employees to operate it,” said Ken Malone, chairman of DiPole Materials. “Importantly, our expansion will also allow us to rapidly grow our business post-crisis when we pivot back to being a custom manufacturer of high performance materials.”

2 Responses to “Governor Hogan Announces $1.6 Million In Grants To Companies Producing PPE In Response To COVID-19”

  1. April 28, 2020 at 1:02 pm, jim said:

    This is late and a waste. States are reopening based on lower casualty projections and Hogan is “ramping up” production of protective equipment. Does he put on a condom after he makes love too?


  2. April 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm, FedUp said:

    It’s thinking like that from the Trump administration that got us into this mess.

    Trump Lied. Americans Died


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