Ontario kicks in $1.2M for new disinfectant wipe production facility in Barrie

The plant has been operational for several months

Brampton-based Empack Spraytech Inc has been operating a new disinfectant wipe production facility for several months now in Barrie, and the Ontario government announced Monday $1.2 million in support through the Ontario Together Fund.

Empack invested nearly $10 million in its new facility, which is producing disinfectant wipes under the Zytec Germ Buster brand. The facility is 100,000 square feet, of which 25,000 square feet will have the capacity to produce more than four million wipes per day in order to meet the continued and growing demand for disinfectant wipes since the onset of the COVID-19 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,” said Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli during a virtual news conference. “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.”

Empack will manufacture a range of Health Canada approved disinfectant wipes, 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 says 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.

The new facility employs about 45 people.

“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,” said Barrie-Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin in a statement. “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.”

Banner image: File photo – Economic, Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister Vic Fedeli