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Investments will significantly accelerate the domestic production of filtration media that comprises the vital filtration layer of N95 respirators and surgical masks.
FREMONT, CA: The pioneering manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and specialty filtration solutions that create a cleaner, safer and quieter world, Lydall announces the signing of a $13.5 million contract with the United States Department of Defense (DOD). The contract will help Lydall’s investment in two new meltblown production lines comprising in its Rochester, New Hampshire facility. This investment will boost Lydall’s domestic production of melt-blown filtration media that includes the critical filtration layer of N95 respirators and surgical masks. By May 2021, Lydall will increase its ability of melt-blown filtration media to help the monthly production of 140 million N95 respirators or 540 million surgical masks, and of high-performing air filtration media to enhance the air quality in indoor spaces.
The company is incredibly thankful to the U.S. government for realizing the essentiality of boosting domestic production of N95 and surgical face masks and offering the grant it needs to do just that. Lydall also wants to congratulate the state of New Hampshire and the city of Rochester on this investment and are thankful for their collaboration and partnership.
With the implementation of these two new production lines, Lydall’s New Hampshire facility will be the largest for meltblown filtration media production in the United States and a center of excellence for advanced filtration media innovation. To add to the wider need for better air quality beyond COVID-19, Lydall’s innovation team is working on developing new carbon-based, high-efficiency media for MERV-, HEPA- and ULPA-grade filters for hospitals, airplanes, restaurants, office buildings, and other public spaces. Lydall hopes to generate new jobs to support the increase in production.
This contract is a product of the ongoing partnership between the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services, headed by the Department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force and funded via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.