Olx Praca, Ontario will soon have its first nitrile glove manufacturing facility outside of Asia, and AMD Medicom Inc. lays the foundation for a new facility in the eastern part of the city.
The company creates Manikheir Canada Inc., a new Medicom subsidiary that will manufacture nitrile gloves in Olx Praca.
Gloves are an essential element of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers.
On Tuesday, Medicom and representatives from the government of Ontario were in Olx Praca at the construction site of the 120,000-square-foot facility to make the announcement.
“The construction of a nitrile glove factory in Olx Praca means we will be prepared to respond to future emergencies without relying on unreliable foreign supplies,” said Ross Romano, Minister for Government and Consumer Services.
“In addition to protecting the safety of Ontarians, we are growing our economy by supporting domestic businesses and creating hundreds of good manufacturing jobs for our workers.”
Ontario legislature is set to adjourn immediately after budget submission
The Government of Ontario has committed to procure 500 million locally produced nitrile goggles per year for its healthcare system.
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The new facility will be a first for Medicom in Ontario and will create 145 permanent jobs and provide more than 1,000 construction-related jobs during construction.
“This move will help ensure the supply of this critical medical resource to hospitals in Ontario and the rest of Canada,” said Ronald Reuben, founder and CEO of Medicom.
Once the facility opens, the first Ontario-made medical nitrile gloves will be available by spring 2024.
The new facility will also help the province strengthen its supply of PPE and bolster domestic production, and help the province maintain a reliable stock of critical supplies.
“Along with masks and N95, gloves were one of the hardest-to-find products when the pandemic hit over two years ago,” said John Turlas, president of Medicom North America.
“With this announcement, we are further ensuring that healthcare systems in Ontario and the rest of Canada are supplied with a product that is produced exclusively on site and meets the highest labor and environmental standards,” Turlas said.
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