HAMILTON: Niko Apparel Systems is investing more than $250,000 to help automate the production of surgical masks with the support of $125,000 from the Ontario Together Fund.
With this investment, Niko will leverage existing production processes, materials, supply chain networks, sales, and distribution networks to strengthen Ontario’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The renewed Ontario Together Fund is focused on supporting homegrown manufacturing.
“Through the Ontario Together Fund, our government is making targeted investments in domestic businesses with the ideas and solutions to support Ontario through this pandemic, as well as future crisis,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Niko Apparel Systems is an Ontario owned and operated custom manufacturer of team uniforms and performance apparel. It manufactures and supplies local teams and groups in the greater Hamilton area and throughout the country.
The company manufactured and supplied uniforms for Canadian Olympians in four sports categories, including the gold medal winning Canadian Women’s Eight in rowing.
Joseph Camillo, President, Niko Apparel, said: “Niko adapted and became one of many companies who stepped up to provide much-needed PPE for our community. We look forward to continue being a part of this important sector for years to come.”
“Niko Apparel is one of many manufacturers in Hamilton that have been willing to retool their operations with innovative solutions to fight COVID-19”, said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook.