Mayor Young and BDC Awards Nine Baltimore City Manufacturers with Grants to Produce Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturing Fund

BALTIMORE, MD.  — Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Baltimore Development Corporation have announced the nine Baltimore City manufacturers and businesses, which were awarded grants from the newly created fund, to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) listed on the Maryland Department of Commerce’s COVID-19: Maryland Critical Needs List.  The list of businesses as well as what they produce are as follows:

  • SewLab USA (face masks)
  • Quality Mask Supply (face masks)
  • Custom 3D Stuff (face shields)
  • Maryland Thermoform (face shields)
  • Wills Printing Co. (face shields)
  • Royal Soap Co. (hand sanitizer)
  • Louthan Distilling (hand sanitizer)
  • Different Regard (gowns/hazmat suits)
  • Citywide Youth Development (gowns/hazmat suits)

“First responders and healthcare workers are risking their health every day, and it’s never been more important to ensure they have the necessary equipment to protect themselves,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.  “This small infusion of capital will enable these businesses to scale up production of crucial Personal Protective Equipment to help keep essential workers safer.”

BDC’s Made In Baltimore program has been helping city’s makers and manufacturers identify additional resources and helped promote and administer this fund. These grants will help small businesses and manufacturers off-set costs associated with equipment modifications, procuring raw materials, and employee wages so that they can provide PPE, which is vital in the fight against COVID-19.  More than 50 percent of the grants were awarded to either minority or women-owned businesses. 

“BDC is pleased to support these businesses, which have demonstrated ingenuity and resourcefulness in shifting their operations to help meet the needs of Baltimore's first responders and healthcare workers,” said Colin Tarbert, president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation.  “These are challenging times for everyone, and it’s been encouraging to see so many Baltimore makers and manufacturers rise to the challenge to provide much needed Personal Protective Equipment.”

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