Ontario Construction News staff writer
Personal-protective equipment manufacturer AMD Medicom Inc. has launched construction on a 120,000-sq. ft.facility to manufacture nitrile gloves in London.
It’s the first facility of its kind to be built outside of Asia and the project will create up to 1,000 temporary jobs during the construction and machinery set-up phase.
“Today marks the start of an important new chapter in Medicom’s history. After opening a surgical mask and N95 respirator plant and announcing a new facility to produce raw materials for these PPE in Quebec, we are very proud to hit another milestone for nitrile gloves by expanding our Canadian production,” said Ronald Reuben, founder and CEO of Medicom.
Medical-grade nitrile gloves are essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
“Building this nitrile glove manufacturing facility in London means we will be ready to respond to future emergencies without having to rely on uncertain foreign supply,” said Ross Romano, minister of government and consumer services.
The first Ontario-made medical grade nitrile gloves will be available by spring of 2024 and Manikheir Canada Inc. will provide at least 500 million medical grade nitrile gloves annually for up to 10 years.
“Our investment in Manikheir will ensure a secure and reliable supply of nitrile gloves. This critical piece of PPE will reduce Ontario’s dependence on foreign suppliers and brings us closer to having a fully integrated PPE supply chain right here in Ontario,” said Vic Fedeli
minister of economic development, job creation and trade.