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Pentagon Picks 3M, Honeywell, Owens & Minor to Make N95 Masks

  • Defense Department invoked Defense Production Act in crisis
  • Companies to produce 13 million masks a month for three months
    
Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

3M Co., Honeywell International Inc. and a unit of Owens & Minor Inc. have received Pentagon contracts to make 39 million N95 face masks for medical workers under the Defense Production Act.

The military’s first use of the Defense Production Act in the coronavirus crisis was announced April 11 -- $133 million in contracts for the masks. In a briefing Monday, Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, identified the three companies and said they would be producing a total of 13 million masks a month for three months.