Hamilton-based packaging manufacturer and supplier HT Productions Inc. will receive $3.9 million in federal funding that will create nearly 50 new skilled jobs in the city.
Speaking to The Spectator on Monday, Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly said the company will be able to expand its facility and “adopt a more customer-centric online system” with the money. They will also be able to secure new “cutting-edge” advanced manufacturing equipment while the online system will “better accommodate customer orders,” according to a press release.
Joly said amid COVID-19, where consumers have moved online, her department is looking to support businesses that have had to adapt and are following the need to “pivot.” Amid the pandemic, the company repurposed its die cutter to produce 100,000 face shields daily for major Ontario hospitals.
The funding will also allow the company — also known as Whitebird — to create 45 skilled jobs and preserve another 105 jobs in the city, said Joly, comparing the investment to helping play both “offence” and “defence” for small businesses as they come out of the economic crisis.
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