PRIMED Medical Products (PRIMED) has announced its intent to establish a new major medical manufacturing facility in Canada.

The company is currently in the process of site-selection to determine the best place for this domestic production hub and Centre of Excellence for North American personal protective equipment (PPE) production.

PRIMED is a dynamic, global leader in the manufacturing and supply of single-use medical PPE, including face masks, gowns and examination gloves. Headquartered in Edmonton, PRIMED currently employs over 1000 people globally. To date, all PRIMED’s wholly-owned manufacturing facilities are outside of Canada.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, PRIMED has been able to serve its acute care partners at significantly elevated levels and continues to work towards further strengthening its supply chain by investing in Canadian manufacturing.

“PRIMED is thrilled to be moving forward with our own “Made in Canada Solution”, said David Welsh, Chief Executive Officer of PRIMED. “Now is the time to add to our production capacity and do it right here at home. Enhancing the ability to readily and securely supply our Canadian based customers with Personal Protective Equipment is a corporate priority.”

PRIMED expects to have the location identified in the coming weeks. Operations will commence by the Fall of 2020. An additional 40-50 jobs will be created through this expansion. The facility will produce both ASTM rated surgical masks and N95 respirators in a phased scale-up process.

“We are the supplier of choice for Canadian acute care and a global leader in PPE manufacturing,” stated Welsh. “We have been there for Canadians and our partners around the globe in this difficult time and will continue to work towards enhancing the stability of the PPE supply.”

Source: Company Press Release