Disinfectant wipe facility expansion gets $10 million boost
Queen’s Park is supporting a nearly $10 million investment by Empack Spraytech Inc. in a new disinfectant wipe production facility in Barrie, Ont. with more than $1.2 million in support through the Ontario Together Fund.
Empack is expanding its capacity through this newly built facility by producing disinfectant wipes under the Zytec Germ Buster brand. This investment will support their new 100,000 square foot facility, of which 25,000 square feet will have the capacity to produce more than 4 million wipes per day in order to meet continued and growing demand for disinfectant wipes since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. The project will also carry out modifications at the project facility as well as purchase and install a fully automated production line.
“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 Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “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.”
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 manufacturer of personal care, OTC drug, automotive, industrial and other household products in aerosol, liquid, gel, wipes and other formats. Founded in 1999, the Brampton-based company employs more than 170 people in Brampton and Barrie.
“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,” said Ara Nalbandian, Executive Vice President of Empack Spraytech Inc. “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.”
“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 Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “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.”