ICYMI: KMBC Reports on Lenexa Business Producing PPE with Funding Secured by Rep. Sharice Davids

February 17, 2021
Press Release

KMBC reported this week on the $1.4 million in state and federal funding Rep. Sharice Davids helped secure for Lenexa business Dentec to manufacture personal protection equipment needed during the pandemic, such as face masks and N95 filters. The funding has allowed the company to open a new facility and hire 5 times the workers they started with.


“I was glad to work with Dentec and help make sure they have the resources to produce this life-saving equipment and keep their business afloat during these tough times,” said Davids. “But to fully address our supply gaps and help our businesses, we need legislation like my bill the SUPPLIES Act, which would help small and medium sized business produce COVID-response supplies here in the United States. That’s what I’ll keep pushing for.”


Dentec was the inspiration behind Davids’ legislation, the SUPPLIES Act, which would help small and medium businesses like Dentec produce even more supplies needed to fight COVID by providing them with federal grants. It would also prioritize manufacturing these supplies domestically, reducing our country’s dependence on foreign countries for medical supplies.


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KMBC: Lenexa company expanding to make more N95 masks


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Lenexa, Kansas company that makes personal protective equipment is undergoing a major expansion.


Dentec has been operating out of a building off Interstate 35, but now it will expand into another facility. The company received $1.4 million in state and federal funding to manufacture N95 face masks.


Dentec expects to make 20 times the number of masks it is producing now.


"I receive the emails from doctors and nurses and phone calls, parents of doctors and nurses saying, 'I can't get any N95 respirators,'" said Claudio Dente, president of Dentec.


The government funding has also allowed the company to make new hires.