Ontario government is investing close to $850K in Dimachem Inc. to manufacture disinfectant
Windsor Manufacturer to make 12 million bottles of Clorox Pine-Sol, expanding emergency stockpile
WINDSOR — The Ontario government is investing nearly $850,000 in Dimachem Inc. to locally produce Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner-Disinfectant, which has been proven to be effective in killing SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) on frequently used hard, non-porous surfaces. The Windsor-based company is planning to manufacture about 12 million bottles of Pine-Sol per year, and create 14 jobs. The funding is being flowed through the Ontario Together Fund.
Details were provided today by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
“Ontario has strong supply chains, a skilled workforce and the manufacturing might to make the emergency supplies we need here at home, without having to rely on other jurisdictions,” said Minister Fedeli. “It is because of companies like Dimachem that Ontario is well-equipped with a reliable domestic supply of PPE and other critical supplies to get us through this emergency and ensure our preparedness for future challenges.”
Dimachem Inc. is a Windsor-based chemical blending and packaging manufacturer founded in 1972. The company produces industrial chemicals for the auto industry, as well as cleaning and sanitation products. It quickly pivoted to producing hand sanitizers and disinfectants during the pandemic.
Dimachem has entered a multi-year toll manufacturing contract with The Clorox Company, a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products, to manufacture 12 million bottles of Pine-Sol per year. For the project, Dimachem will establish a new production line and modify its facility in Windsor to make the product in-house. Dimachem will also purchase new blow molding equipment to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and packaging on-site. PET belongs to the polyester family of polymers used in things including fibres for clothing, containers for liquids and foods.
“With the investment from the Ontario Together Fund for our new production line and blow molding equipment to produce PET bottles and packaging, Dimachem will be able to produce 12 million bottles of Clorox’s Pine-Sol per year,” said Andrew Conway, Vice President, Dimachem Inc. “We are proud to be part of the province’s effort to increase domestic capacity in the fight against COVID-19.”
Ontario has now committed an additional $50 million in the Ontario Together Fund in 2021-22 to support projects like this and allow local businesses to further enhance domestic supply chain capacity.