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How many masks a day? This Ottawa manufacturer is shooting for one million

Viral Clean is already making 40,000 masks every day, but a major expansion of their facility will increase their output of both medical and fabric masks.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
November 12, 2020
Viral Clean in Ottawa. Photo: Tyler Fleming/CTV News.

Viral Clean saw their opportunity to boost Ottawa’s economy back in May, when the demand for masks began to take off in Canada. Rather than purchasing masks from overseas, the company has been manufacturing them right here, providing jobs and supporting local artists to design the fabric layers of their non-medical masks. All of Viral Clean’s masks contain three layers, including one made from polypropylene, as is now being recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The company is expanding its manufacturing capacity: Right now, they make about 40,000 masks a day (which is already pretty great) but once their expansion is complete they are shooting for a daily output of one million masks made, including pediatric masks.

Each month, Viral Clean donates some of its masks to local charities, among them Ronald McDonald House in Ottawa. CEO Alex Dugal says he believes giving back to their community is just as important as providing a locally-made option that’s of great quality and competitively priced.

Source: CTV News Ottawa

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