Bombardier Inc., a Canadian multinational manufacturer of business jets and rail, announced last week that it is helping to produce 18,000 ventilators for the Ontario government at its plant in Thunder Bay, ON. It’s the latest in a string of manufacturing firms, including automakers and retailers, to pivot their operations to non-traditional production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada Goose is another Canadian company that has re-tooled its facilities and refocused its teams for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). The apparel manufacturing giant has reopened all of its eight Canadian facilities, which were temporarily shuttered due to the coronavirus, to produce at least 60,000 medical gowns and scrubs per week. Other organizations to lead the way include Ontario Power Generation, which is now using 3D-printing technology to make face shields, and the Labbatt Brewing Company, which has shifted production to make much-needed hand sanitizer. The list goes on.
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