Business Leader: Scott Wellman, of Puritan Medical Products, is driving production of COVID test swabs
Published by MaineBiz - Written by Jessica Hall - March 22, 2021
In a world profoundly and permanently changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year are 7 remarkable individuals whose perseverance, resilience, and vision are necessary more than ever.
One of those individuals is Scott Wellman, general manager of Puritan Medical Products! He helped oversee the company’s push to more than double in size and increase manufacturing of swabs to help diagnose COVID during the pressure of the pandemic.
Puritan received $140 million in federal money to boost production of swabs used in COVID tests. Puritan worked with Cianbro to find and build out factory spaces in Pittsfield. Then it turned to Bath Iron Works to develop the machinery needed in the factories. All this was done at a warp-speed pace to meet the need for COVID tests. Now, the company faces its first expansion outside of New England and increased demand for in-home testing supplies.