New disinfectant wipes production facility gets $1.2 million

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Empack Spraytech Inc.’s $10 million disinfectant wipe production facility in Barrie, got a $1.2 million boost this week from the Ontario Together Fund.

Empack is expanding its capacity through this newly built facility, producing disinfectant wipes under the Zytec Germ Buster brand. Provincial government funding will support the new 100,000 sq. ft. structure, of which 25,000 sq. ft. will have the capacity to produce more than four million wipes per day.

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.

“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,” said Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade.

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.

Empack Spraytech is a privately-owned, family-operated Canadian manufacturer of personal care, OTC drug, automotive, industrial and other household products in aerosol, liquid, gel, wipes and other formats.

“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,” Empack executive vice-president Ara Nalbandian said in a statement. “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.”

Since its launch in April 2020, the Ontario Together Fund has helped businesses including:

  • Toronto-based Kinectrics Inc. will scale up testing resources for surgical masks and N95 respirators and introduce new PPE testing services for surgical gowns and medical drapes.
  • Guelph-based Linamar Corp. retooled its assembly line to manufacture ventilator components to produce 10,000 Ontario-made e700 ventilators, in partnership with O-Two Medical Technologies and Bombardier.

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