Manufacturer opens shop in Saskatoon to make PPE for COVID-19

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SASKATOON –
Benchmark PPE has opened a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing plant in Saskatoon to manufacture surgical masks. “Saskatchewan is a great place to invest and do business, so we’re delighted to be here to open our new facilities,” said Olga Bugrova, director of operations and co-owner of Benchmark PPE, in a press release from the province.

Surgical masks are available now and the company also plans to manufacture N95 respirators in the coming weeks, he said.

Businesses resuming operations under the Saskatchewan reopening plan may be required to use PPE.

Professions that require workers to be in close contact with people known or suspected of having COVID-19 must take additional precautions, including the wearing of PPE, the province said.

Benchmark PPE is a Canadian company serving industry, mining and construction as a manufacturer of specialized engineering products.

Their surgical masks received certification from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) earlier this month.

The company is recruiting approximately 30 new employees to help produce up to five million masks per month, according to the province.

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