Hamilton business gets $860K from provincial government

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Published June 28, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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The Ontario government says it’s giving nearly $860,000 to Coreprint Patterns.

The Hamilton-based company has been manufacturing components for COVID-19 tests used by hospitals and labs across the province.

“Currently, there are no made-in-Ontario sources for these important components, which are difficult to acquire due to high demand globally,” the government stated in a media release. “Strengthening an Ontario supply chain will increase the availability and stability of these critical supplies.”

The province says the local supply chain of these perishable components for the COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will reduce the need to stockpile items that expire.

“I commend Coreprint Patterns for responding to our government’s call to produce the critical supplies needed to protect Ontarians in the fight against COVID-19,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “Coreprint Patterns is one of many businesses in Hamilton that have offered innovative solutions to the problems created by the pandemic.”

Coreprint Patterns, located at the north end of Gage Ave, is a family-run business that specializes in the manufacturing of tools, dies, and molds.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a deficit in local production of biomedical labware. Under the guidance of Dr. David Bulir of St. Joesph’s Hospital and Joyce Seto of Ontario Health we have identified specific items in critical need,” said Jonathan Hornell-Kennedy, Owner and Operator of Coreprint Patterns.

“With support from Dr. Stephen Veldhuis of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, Oliver Kehrls of Niigon Machines and the team at Elliot Matsuura we have been working to produce these items. With great thanks to the aforementioned parties, Coreprint will leverage the funding from OTF to bolster the local industry surrounding the production of these critical items while creating good jobs in our community.”

The grant is part of the $50 million Ontario Together Fund; created to support local innovators and businesses to further enhance the province’s domestic supply chain capacity, promote Ontario’s MedTech ecosystem, and build up the manufacturing sector.

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