Breathe Medical Manufacturing Plans Surgical Mask Manufacturing Plant in Kelowna, British Columbia
According to company officials, working on their expansion plans since early March, they are excited to start shipping their first orders the first week of June. At full capacity, the company will be producing up to 40,000,000 surgical masks per month out of their brand new facility.
“We will be manufacturing 20,000,000 ASTM Level 1 and ASTM Level 2 surgical masks per month out of our new facility, and we will be expanding production to 40,000,000 per month this summer,” said Warren Jones, President of Breathe Medical Manufacturing. “Our plan also involves the expansion of our product lines to include different types of masks, as well as some other medical supplies that are used in hospitals, dental offices, and manufacturing facilities.”
“As evidenced by the current pandemic we are experiencing, the global shortage of good quality and readily available medical supplies has created a massive problem for Canada, as well as many other countries abroad,” he said. “Although China is currently the largest supplier of facial masks in the world, their performance as of late has left most of the world wanting for more! The fact is that Canadian retailers, distributors, corporations and citizens, need a stable and reliable supply chain they can count on.”
“Breathe Medical Manufacturing has heard the cry, and we are pulling out all stops to answer the call! We believe it is high time for Canada to secure its own, Canadian manufactured supply of necessary protective equipment that our front-line workers and citizens need and deserve.” said Jones.
Key members of Breathe Medical Manufacturing Ltd have worked closely with the Chinese supply chain for many years, and they intimately understand the challenges associated with obtaining large quantities of quality product on a consistent basis, company officials explained.
“We would like to applaud some of the startups for taking the initiative to step up and help our country in this time of crisis. However, our goal is to take things a few steps further,” said Warren Jones.
At the heart of their operations, is the sterile production environment with an ISO 8 rated filtration, and humidity control system. The investment into their clean production environment and entire operations has been substantial, but they are fully committed to do whatever it takes to ensure that the products manufactured in their facility are top notch.
“Internally, our procedure consists of testing all raw materials coming in and the finished goods going out. Our goal is to provide test results in 5 essential key measures that follow ASTM standards. An investment of $250,000.00 USD has been made into the state-of-the-art testing equipment, which further ensures that all standards are met in bacterial filtration efficiency, particle filtration efficiency, differential pressure, fluid resistance, and respiratory resistances,” said Warren Jones.
“We would like to thank Mayor Colin Basran and his team at the City of Kelowna for their support. We would also like to thank the Callahan Property Group and Chandos Construction team for their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to assist us in executing our plans. We are extremely thankful and excited to see what the future holds, and we are looking forward to be able to provide personal protective equipment on a large scale to all front-line workers, factory workers, friends, and neighbours,” said Jones.
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