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Millions of PPE Delivered to New Hampshire

Monday, April 13th, 2020

“Huge thanks to Dean Kamen for facilitating this effort,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The state leveraged Dean’s expertise and connections on the ground in China, who helped us find a supplier and get these supplies in the air.

NH Gov. Chris Sununu, Dean Kamen, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and state officials unloaded 91,000 pounds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from a FedEx cargo plane on the tarmac of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Sunday.

The FedEx cargo plane departed Shanghai, China, last night, and arrived in New Hampshire at 3:39 pm, after passing through United States Customs in Anchorage, Alaska earlier in the day. 

By the Numbers:
6,140 boxes of PPE24,000 coveralls and Tyveks suits
50,000 faceshields 
6.6 million masks  

The New Hampshire State Police is escorting FedEx and National Guard trucks loaded with the PPE, purchased by the State of New Hampshire, for assortment and inventory by Health and Human Service officials, ahead of distribution to the areas of greatest need across the state. Officials will distribute the supplies as early as Tuesday. The state will not charge those that receive shipments. 

“One month ago, New Hampshire wasn’t even in the business of PPE procurement, and today we secured over 91,000 pounds of this critical lifesaving equipment for our state,” Sununu said. “We worked around the clock, scoured the earth, and left no stone unturned to ensure New Hampshire has the resources it needs to combat this pandemic.” 

“This plane is delivering lifesaving personal protective equipment which will be immediately distributed to the brave Granite Staters who are on the frontlines of this crisis,” Shaheen said. “I congratulate and thank Dean Kamen for spearheading this heroic effort. Our State has not been receiving the PPE it needs and is running dangerously low on supplies. Thanks to Dean Kamen’s leadership, we are all a little safer today. This pandemic will continue to require all of us to sacrifice and think outside the box, and I’m tremendously grateful to all the Granite Staters who are rising to this challenge.”

“This major shipment of personal protective equipment will help save lives and make a huge difference for our state,” said U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan. “We passed the CARES Act to ensure that supplies like these could get to the frontlines, and I want to thank Dean Kamen for his round-the-clock efforts to deliver these supplies to New Hampshire. While today’s shipment is great news, it’s essential that the administration addresses ongoing supply chain issues and ramps up the production and distribution of vital medical supplies. I’ll keep working with Gov. Sununu and our Congressional delegation to get our state the supplies that we need to confront this pandemic.”

Add Government Contracting to Your Post-COVID-19 Business Strategy

Monday, April 13th, 2020
Dave Pease is the program manager for the New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our lives in a matter of weeks, business strategies need to focus on survival, current opportunities and future growth. Here at NH PTAC, we are seeing all of these strategies every day in government contracting.

Government spending is continuing, particularly when it comes to defense spending, which is unabated, or accelerating, and as the pandemic daily creates new demands for supplies and service to meet new needs.

NH PTAC encourages its clients to spend some time considering:

–          Existing government contracts and subcontracts and whether your performance will be impacted by workforce limitations and/or supply chain reliability,

–          Current rights and obligations under existing contracts & subcontracts

–          Positioning your company to achieve optimum results in challenging economic times;

–          Updating key systems, including SAM registrations, as well as NAICS codes to reflect any changes to your products and services;

–          Reviewing your Dynamic Small Business Search to ensure your capabilities narrative and key words are current.

There is another side of this global pandemic to consider, especially its effect on world economies and what will be needed rebuild or recharge them.

Now is the time to think about what’s ahead. In the context of a recession, is government contracting more attractive to you while B2B opportunities are recovering? Will your business be positioned to compete effectively for government contracts?

As we all work to flatten the curve, which may be providing a little extra downtime right now, think about investing that time in government market research; updating, or achieving small business certifications, such as WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone, 8(a), and developing new strategies and longer-term opportunities.

NH PTAC is a free service for New Hampshire businesses and can help you with any of the suggestions outlined above. Contact govcontracting@livefree.nh.gov  or click on our webpage for more information.