Premier Doug Ford celebrates local businesses during stop in Waterloo Region

The following is an excerpt from the CTV Kitchener article written by Jennifer K. Baker on Jul 17, 2020. 

“This is amazing.”

That was Doug Ford’s reaction Friday as he toured The Canadian Shield factory in Waterloo.

It was one of four local businesses the premier visited, and his second stop in Waterloo Region this week.

The Canadian Shield was developed by InkSmith in response to the growing need for personal protective equipment. As cases of COVID-19 accelerated, the company pivoted their 3D printing business into making face shields for medical workers and the public.

During the premier’s visit on Friday, The Canadian Shield also revealed they’ve introduced a new product - surgical masks.

We’ll make about 50 million masks a year with our current production facility,” said CEO Jeremy Hedges. “We’ll scale up to as many as 500 million a year as demand grows.”

“These folks have started up in the last three to four months and this is what’s they’ve created,” Ford touted.