This has been an unusual year for business, and a lot of companies have found themselves making new products this year — respirators and face shields, for instance — while repurposing equipment originally intended for another use.
But investigative journalists at ProPublica have a story on a Texas company, Fillakit LLC, that won a multimillion- dollar contract to supply test tubes for COVID-19 tests, but delivered PET preforms for 2-liter bottles.
The company was formed just days before winning the contract, ProPublica reported.
The preforms "don't fit the racks used in laboratory analysis of test samples," ProPublica wrote. "Even if the bottles were the right size, experts say, the company's process likely contaminated the tubes and could yield false test results. Fillakit employees, some not wearing masks, gathered the miniature soda bottles with snow shovels and dumped them into plastic bins before squirting saline into them, all in the open air, according to former employees and ProPublica's observation of the company's operations."