Donald Trump, who had criticized 3M over the weekend, had warm words for the company on Tuesday after the deal, and its president and CEO, Mike Roman, praised the president. He has also publicly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump`s attempts to limit exports of N95 masks from U.S. factories. TORONTO — The federal and Ontario governments have reached an agreement with 3M that will allow the company to produce N95 masks at a plant in Brockville, Ont., a spokesman for the provincial economic development minister confirmed Thursday. The deal means 3M must increase capacity at its Brockville plant to produce up to 100 million N95 medical masks per year. The federal and Ontario governments are each contributing $23.3 million to increase production capacity at the facility. The masks made in the expanded plant will be used to „meet demand from the private sector, provinces and North America during the pandemic and beyond,“ Gibson said in a statement. Based in Quebec, AMD Medicom Inc. has just signed a contract for the manufacture of surgical masks and N95 up to 50 m for the federal government, according to the Globe and Mail. And in Ontario, Ford said it is working with federal officials to speed up the approval process for a new „N96“ mask developed by the province.
President Donald Trump had used his authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to stop exporting such masks, also known as respiratory masks. The move to block such masks, which are essential to protecting health workers on both sides of the border from the virus that causes covid-19, has outraged many officials in Canada. Medicom`s combined contracts are worth more than $113 million and include the supply of 24 million surgical masks and 20 million N95 respirators per year. This will be the second domestic contract for the manufacture of N95 masks after Quebec City-based Medicom signed a 10-year agreement in April to supply N95 and surgical masks to the federal government. Masks, which filter 95% of airborne particles, are seen as a critical tool for frontline health workers in the fight against Covid-19. As part of the plan, 3M will import over the next three months 166.5m of respiratory masks (masks that form a seal on the mouth and nose and offer much greater protection than surgical masks) from its factories in China. As of August 3, more than 54 million N95 and CL95 respirators were provided. Ontario recently looked at the manufacture of personal protective equipment in the country, when the COVID-19 crisis created global competition for a limited supply of masks and other equipment. . .