Facility retooling to produce alcohol for sanitizer — a $75 million project

Greenfield Global is investing $75 million at their facility in Johnstown to produce the medical-grade alcohol, a critical component in hand sanitizers. The Ontario government is contributing $2.5 million to the project  through the Ontario Together Fund in support of this project.

“Ontario is supporting companies like Greenfield Global so they can continue to provide made-in-Ontario solutions to reduce our dependence on foreign supply chains and strengthen our domestic capacity,” said Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade.

“By working together with these innovative businesses, we are ensuring we are well-prepared for the future as we continue our fight against COVID-19.”

Greenfield will now undertake a major upgrade of the Johnstown facility’s distillation technology to produce over 114 million litres – the equivalent of over 150 million one litre bottles – of specialty medical-grade alcohol annually. The product will be used in hand sanitizers and other applications that rely on high purity alcohol.

Officials say the project will reduce Ontario’s dependency on other jurisdictions as a source of high-grade alcohols and will strengthen the province’s position as a leader in PPE production.

“I am pleased to announce our government’s support for Greenfield Global as they upgrade their facilities to provide critical PPE for Ontarians,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This is a great investment in producing made-in-Ontario solutions in the Johnstown community as we work together to get Ontario back on track.”

Through the Ontario Together Fund, the government is delivering targeted investments that will increase the province’s stockpile of Ontario-made products and PPE. The government launched the $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses retool their operations to produce PPE and develop technology-driven solutions and services for businesses to reopen safely.

Businesses and individuals looking to help in the fight against COVID-19 can submit their proposals through the Ontario Together web portal.



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