B.C. business owner switches from making dog beds to surgical masks and N95 respirators

Jason Zanatta bought two mask-manufacturing machines from China and is retraining his employees to make 100,000 of each type of mask per day.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
April 09, 2020
Jason Zanatta. Photo: Richard Lam / PNG
Jason Zanatta. Photo: Richard Lam / PNG

Jason Zanatta owns and operates a dog bed factory in Coquitlam, B.C. but three weeks ago decided to support the nationwide effort to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by health care workers. He promptly ordered two machines from China: one that makes surgical masks, and another whose output is N95 respirators.

The first machine arrived this week and will be producing 100,000 surgical masks a day by next Tuesday. The second should arrive within two weeks and, once it does, Zanatta’s company will be the first in Canada to make N95 respirators, which are needed to protect front-line health care workers coming into close contact with COVID-19 patients.

The company’s employees are being retrained to use the new machines. Zanatta says many of these people have worked with him for years and he is happy to be able to ensure their continued employment during the pandemic.

Source: Vancouver Sun