Lenexa Business Receives $1.4M in Funding Secured by Rep. Davids to Produce PPE
Lenexa business Dentec has received around $1.4 million in state and federal funding to manufacture personal protection equipment (PPE), thanks in part to funding secured by Representative Sharice Davids. They are now in the process of expanding to open a new plant that will allow them to produce even more supplies needed to fight COVID, such as masks and N95 filters.
Dentec has received about $1 million in funding through the CARES Act, a federal relief bill that Davids championed and voted to pass. They have also received $400,000 from a Kansas Department of Commerce grant. The company is now operating at 12 times capacity since last March and have hired 5 times the workers they started with to account for growing demand of these masks and other PPE.
“There are so many local companies like Dentec who have stepped up during this pandemic to produce the supplies needed to fight this virus and keep our community safe,” said Davids. “I was glad to work with this company and help make sure they have the resources to produce this life-saving equipment and keep their business afloat during these tough times. But in order 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 Rep. 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.
Just last week Davids urged the Biden Administration and congressional leaders to include the SUPPLIES Act in the upcoming COVID relief legislation.