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DOD Awards Teel Plastics $4.65 Million Contract to Increase COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab Stick Production

DOD Awards Teel Plastics $4.65 Million Contract to Increase COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab Stick Production

DOD Awards Teel Plastics $4.65 Million Contract to Increase COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab Stick Production

The grant will allow Teel to produce hundreds of millions more swab sticks for Covid-19 test kit manufacturer Puritan Medical Products of Guilford, Maine 

For Immediate Release.  

November 18, 2021 

The Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services,  has awarded a $4.65 million firm-fixed price contract to Teel Plastics, LLC to expand US-based industrial production  capacity of extruded swab sticks. These swab sticks will support Puritan’s efforts to supply swabs for various COVID-19  testing kits. 

Teel Plastics, located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, has been a US-based producer of plastic products for over seventy years.  This industrial expansion effort will allow Teel to increase their production capacity of extruded swab sticks an additional  200 million per month to over 330 million per month by July 2022. Teel is planning to add over 25 employees to meet  this increase in production rate. 

The DOD’s Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) Cell led this effort in coordination with the Department of the Air Force’s  Acquisition COVIS-19 Task Force (DAF ACT). This effort was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to  enable and support domestic industrial base expansion for critical medical resources. 

Extruded swabs sticks moving down a Teel production line. Array of Teel-manufactured swab sticks

Statement from Teel CEO Jerry Pritchett: We’re proud of the role our employees have played in helping to combat the  COVID-19 pandemic. This additional funding will both increase our capacity and allow for more secure production in a  second facility. 

For more information or for interviews on the contract: 

Christian Herrild, Director of Growth Strategies 


About Teel Plastics:

Teel Plastics is a premier manufacturer of custom extruded and injection molded plastic products due to the expertise of  their distinguished, skilled team – a group of problem solvers known for being professional, progressive, and personable.  Specializing in complex projects, Teel produces high-quality custom parts in a wide variety of sizes with tight tolerances.  

Teel focuses on the medical, cosmetic, industrial piping, film core, and water treatment markets. In addition, there is a  full-service analytical laboratory on campus. Founded in 1951, Teel is headquartered in Baraboo, WI. For more  information, visit

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