LOUISEVILLE – The demand for surgical masks has no boundaries. A company specially formed at the beginning of the crisis to make will need to grow and hire.
Company Prémont from Louiseville, in Mauricie, will double the size of its facilities. The number of employees will increase from 75 to 130. The production rate of 22,000 masks at a time is insufficient. It is necessary to raise it to 30 000 for a production of up to five million units every week.
The quebec ministry of Health buys all the production for its hospital services and NURSING homes.
Assessing the daily need for the masks to 1.5 million units.
Company Premont expects that strong demand will continue for a very long time. It is the only manufacturer of masks, which is 100 % quebecois.
“It is a new expertise that you bring back to Canada. It is important to know that there was more manufacturing of this kind of masks there. Everything was to the outside. I think that it will not take two times to try to have masks also low-cost and sometimes from nebula,” said Friday, Luc Girard, one of the partners of the company in an interview with TVA News.
Louiseville has taken advantage of the health crisis
With the manufacturing not only masks, but also of gowns protective products and disinfectants, the region of Louiseville will be able to take advantage of the economic opportunities generated by the pandemic COVID-19.
“Louiseville and the county have put themselves in tune. Instead of bawling, to sit down and bawl, they said no, we must do something”, welcomed the mayor of Louiseville, Yvon Deshaies.