Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Ontario invests $2.5M in Linamar retooling for ventilator production

September 15, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz, second from right, has been appointed to Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine distribution panel. Photo: Government of Ontario

Linamar Corp. is receiving a $2.5 million investment from the Ontario government to support the retooling of its assembly line to manufacture ventilator components.

The project is for the production of 10,000 Ontario-made e700 ventilators at Linamar’s Guelph, Ontario facility.

O-Two Medical Technologies partnered with Linamar Corp. and other companies, including Bombardier, to produce the devices.

The investment is part of the $50-million Ontario Together Fund announced earlier this year, which provides financial support for manufacturers that retool to create products that aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Through the Ontario Together Fund, the government is delivering targeted investments that it says will increase the province’s stockpile of Ontario-made products and personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Businesses like Linamar, O-Two Medical, and Bombardier have stepped up with solutions to help at a critical time,” says Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s minister of economic development, job creation and trade, in a statement.

“Ontario’s economic recovery would not be possible without the collective efforts of everyone in every corner of this province. We applaud our world-class manufacturing sector for helping ensure the province has the Ontario-made solutions to respond to the needs now and any future emergency, should it arise.”

Linamar supplies the automotive, agriculture, and aerial work platform markets.

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