COVID-19 swab maker from Piscataquis County to open plant in Tennessee

A Guilford company that is the largest manufacturer of COVID-19 testing swabs in the United States will open another swab production facility in Tennessee, a company spokesperson said Thursday.

Puritan Medical Products will open a plant somewhere in the Volunteer State, though Marketing Manager Virginia Templet said she could not say where in the state it will be located or when it would open. It will be the company’s fourth plant and its first outside of Maine.

It’s the latest expansion for the family-owned medical supplier that has grown exponentially over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic because it is one of two companies in the world that produce the nasopharyngeal swabs necessary for COVID-19 testing. The only other company that makes them is Copan Diagnostics, based in northern Italy.

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