AirBoss Announces US$96 Million Contract for FlexAir PAPR System from FEMA to Help Battle COVID-19
NEWMARKET, Ontario, March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the "Company" or "AirBoss") today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the manufacture and sale of 100,000 FlexAir Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 600,000 filters, and related accessories. The contract is expected to be worth an aggregate amount of US$96.4 million and represents the single largest order received by ADG to date. The majority of the order is scheduled to be rapidly delivered over a period of approximately 13 weeks with initial deliveries commencing promptly in the second quarter of 2020. Since October 2018, AirBoss has received awards for a range of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (“CBRN”) protective solutions from governments internationally with a full value of nearly US$250 million.
“ADG continues to see increased levels of interest in selected protective products across its portfolio, as well as higher than normal order flows, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Bitsakakis, President and Chief Operating Officer of AirBoss. “ADG was formed to establish a vertically-integrated survivability solutions platform with the scale, capabilities and expertise to address challenging situations just like this one. Our suite of critical survivability solutions is helping to save lives by supporting patients, first responders, medical professionals and the general public in the intensifying fight against this pandemic. Over the last month we have worked closely with our supply chain partners to ensure continuity of supply for key components and materials, in addition to reviewing our manufacturing capacity at our sister facilities across the organization, to ensure we can meet the anticipated growth in demand for our range of innovative CBRN protective solutions.”
The FlexAir PAPR system is a compact, lightweight Powered Air Purifying Respirator system with an onboard lithium-ion battery installed in the waist-mounted blower unit. The design permits the use of two high efficiency particulate filters at a time providing protection against particulates, aerosols and biohazards, offering a very high level of defense against viruses like COVID-19. Wearers are protected by having contaminated air purified by filtration media mounted on the PAPR blower unit and delivered via a lightweight breathing hose to the user’s head cover.