Ontario investing in Niagara producer of hand sanitizer dispensers
by CM Staff
OPHARDT will expand its facilities and move the manufacturing of soap and sanitizer dispensers from overseas to Beamsville, Ontario.
BEAMSVILLE — The Ontario government is investing $2 million from the Ontario Together Fund to support OPHARDT Hygiene Technologies Inc. as they expand the local manufacture of soap and sanitizer dispensers, creating 75 new jobs and retaining 96 positions while producing vital products to support the fight against COVID-19.
“It’s great to see how our province’s manufacturing sector continues to step up and respond with made-in-Ontario solutions in our fight against COVID-19 and create jobs at the same time,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Companies like OPHARDT Hygiene are supporting our local supply chains and bringing their products to market quickly and safely so we can continue to fight the pandemic today and lay the foundation for Ontario’s recovery.”
OPHARDT will expand its facilities and move the manufacturing of soap and sanitizer dispensers from overseas to Beamsville, Ontario. The company will increase production to 300,000 dispensers and one million dispenser drive modules per year in Ontario. This will help deliver convenient and precise hygiene solutions to high-traffic areas including airports, shopping malls and medical facilities.
OPHARDT, a global manufacturer of dispensers of soap, sanitizer, paper towels and toilet paper, is investing $7 million in this project, which includes purchasing molding, automation and bottle making equipment.
“OPHARDT Hygiene is pleased to be playing an important role in keeping Ontarians healthy during this pandemic,” said Ken Friesen, General Manager of OPHARDT Hygiene Canada.
Through the Ontario Together Fund, the government is delivering targeted investments that will increase the province’s stockpile of made-in-Ontario products and PPE. This new manufacturing and research capacity will help the province to combat the current COVID-19 outbreak and prepare for potential challenges in the future, while supporting local businesses.