Integrated Packaging Films is getting some assistance from the provincial government, so the Ayr company can crank out more face shields to help protect frontline workers.
The announcement of $350,000 from the Ontario Together Fund was made Friday by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP, Mike Harris, on behalf of the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Integrated Packaging Films will be able to create new jobs and increase the production of PET film by 49 per cent, contributing to the production of almost four million more face shields per month.
"As a manufacturer of clear plastic sheeting for over 23 years, Integrated Packaging Films is excited to work towards protecting Ontarians against the COVID virus. With the help of the government's Ontario Together Fund, we will increase capacity of clear film and offer Canadian manufacturers locally made materials for fabricating face shields. This expansion will also create several new full time jobs in our Ayr facility." Bill Mechar, President, Integrated Packaging Films said in a release.
The Ontario Together Fund was established to target investments that will increase the province's stockpile of Ontario-made products and personal protective equipment.