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Ontario invests in disinfectant wipes production facility in Barrie

Jan '22
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The Ontario government is supporting a nearly $10 million investment by Empack Spraytech in a disinfectant wipe production facility in Barrie, with more than $1.2 million in support through the Ontario Together Fund. Empack is expanding its capacity through this newly built facility by producing disinfectant wipes under the Zytec Germ Buster brand.

The investment will support their new 100,000 square foot facility, of which 25,000 square feet will have the capacity to produce more than four million wipes per day in order to meet continued and growing demand for disinfectant wipes since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Empack will manufacture a range of Health Canada approved disinfectant wipes using various active ingredients including citric acid, benzalkonium chloride, and combinations of quaternary ammonium compounds, all of which have been tested to prove efficacy against Covid-19. It is also developing new products using hydrogen peroxide at the new facility to further expand the markets served. The project will also carry out modifications at the project facility as well as purchase and install a fully automated production line, the government said in a press release.

Supporting projects like Empack Spraytech’s is why Ontario has invested an additional $50 million in the renewed Ontario Together Fund in 2021–22. The fund will continue to support local innovators and businesses to further enhance Ontario’s domestic supply chain capacity, promote Ontario’s MedTech ecosystem and build up our manufacturing sector to ensure the province is well-prepared for future challenges.

The renewed Ontario Together Fund is focused on supporting homegrown manufacturing and innovation to combat COVID-19 and providing other goods critical to the health, safety, and security of Ontarians beyond this pandemic.

“Through the Ontario Together Fund, our government is making important targeted investments in domestic businesses with the ideas and innovative solutions to help us through this pandemic and put us on the road to economic recovery. With Ontario’s support, Empack Spraytech will be able to expand its production capabilities which will continue to enhance the province’s resilience to future challenges and demands on our healthcare system,” Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade said in a statement.

“As a proud member of the communities of Barrie and Brampton and the Province of Ontario, Empack stands ready to support our communities in times of need. The OTF program helped support our efforts in completing our project to meet the current and future needs for disinfectant wipes for the province of Ontario to help in the fight against COVID-19 with reliable, high quality, made in Ontario product,” Ara Nalbandian, executive vice president of Empack Spraytech said.

“We don’t need to look far for solutions, as the path to our economic recovery is by focusing on and supporting our local innovators right here in Ontario. We are very fortunate to have Empack Spraytech in our own community of Barrie, manufacturing essential disinfectant wipes that will help our hospitals, schools, and businesses,” Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil said.

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