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Ontario supports automation of surgical masks production in Hamilton


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Niko Apparel Systems is automating the production of surgical masks with an investment of more than $250,000. Ontario Together Fund is supporting the company’s endeavour with $125,000.

Niko will use this investment and leverage its existing production processes, materials, supply chain networks, sales and distribution networks to strengthen Ontario’s supply of PPE.

The renewed Ontario Together Fund supports homegrown manufacturing and innovation that can aid in combatting COVID-19 and providing goods that are essential to the health, safety, and security of Ontarians beyond this pandemic.

“Through the Ontario Together Fund, our government is making targeted investments in domestic businesses with the ideas and solutions to support Ontario through this pandemic, as well as future crisis,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Niko Apparel’s ability to develop, certify, and manufacture surgical masks is another example of Ontario innovation at its very best.”

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Niko Apparel Systems is an Ontario-owned and operated custom manufacturer of team uniforms and performance apparel.

“We are grateful for the funding from the Ontario government, which allowed Niko to maintain key staff and pivot while our main activity, custom manufactured sportswear, was put on hold due to the pandemic,” said Joseph Camillo, president of Niko Apparel. “Niko adapted and became one of many companies who stepped up to provide much-needed PPE for our community. The province recognized the importance of Ontario manufacturing as an integral part of the response to this global pandemic and we look forward to continue being a part of this important sector for years to come.”

“Niko Apparel is one of many manufacturers in Hamilton that have been willing to retool their operations with innovative solutions to fight COVID-19”, said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “Our government has been there, taking extraordinary measures throughout the pandemic to support businesses and organizations that want to do their part.”

The Ontario Together Fund recently offered investment support to Guide Woodworking for building a new machining centre in Mississauga. Guide Woodworking will be investing the funds to design and produce around 500 acrylic protective barriers every month for workplaces.