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DOD Announces $77.3 Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

On July 24, 2020, the Department announces three Defense Production Act Title III actions to help sustain and strengthen essential domestic industrial base capabilities and defense-critical workforce in the aviation, rare earth materials, and electronics industries.  These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19 and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic. The Department remains closely partnered with FEMA and HHS, providing almost $2.9 billion in life-saving medical services, supplies and equipment to service members and federal agencies in the nation's whole-of-government approach to the coronavirus pandemic.

DOD Announces $33.6 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with eMagin Corporation to Strengthen the Domestic Electronics Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense entered into a $33.6 million agreement with eMagin Corporation to sustain and expand critical industrial base production of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) microdisplays capable of meeting high-performance requirements in resolution and brightness.

eMagin Corporation intends to replace and update single-point-of-failure and aging equipment to reduce production downtime and increase yield and throughput.  The increased production will ensure the U.S. government continues to have access to this sole domestic supplier of high-performance OLED microdisplays for use in a variety of military applications.

Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will offset financial distress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and enable eMagin Corporation to retain current staff and create 14 new jobs made up of engineers, maintenance technicians, and manufacturing personnel.

eMagin Corporation’s headquarters and manufacturing plant located in Hopewell Junction, New York is the principle place of performance.

DOD Announces $14.9 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with Meggitt‑Rockmart, Inc. to Strengthen Domestic Aviation Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense entered into a $14.9 million agreement with Meggitt-Rockmart to increase domestic production capability and capacity of military grade fuel bladders for use in a wide range of U.S. military aircraft platforms. The increased production will ensure the U.S. government gets dedicated long-term industrial capacity to meet the needs of the nation.

Using funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act, this DPA Title III investment will offset direct workforce and financial distress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure critical capabilities are retained in support of the U.S. aviation defense industrial base.

Meggitt-Rockmart, Inc. is located in Rockmart, Georgia, which is the principal place of performance.

DOD Announces $28.8 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with Urban Mining Company to Strengthen the Domestic Rare Earth Materials Industrial Base

As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense entered into a $28.8 million agreement with Urban Mining Company, to assist in developing a domestic source for Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) rare earth permanent magnets. NdFeB magnets are essential components for many DOD programs that enable miniaturization and high performance of guidance, propulsion, and power systems.

This investment will enable Urban Mining Company to maintain and protect critical workforce capabilities during the disruption caused by COVID-19 while strengthening a vital domestic supply-chain of rare earth materials.

Urban Mining Company headquarters in Austin, Texas is the principal place of performance.

Website resources:

DOD Coronavirus update

DOD Industrial Policy

Joint Acquisition Task Force

Defense Production Act Title III