Windsor’s Harbour Technologies is expanding into Chatham-Kent, and officials said they are bringing about 80 new jobs with them.
Harbour, a company that pivoted its nuclear and aerospace capabilities to make automated equipment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing at the height of the pandemic, will set up shop on Richmond Street in Chatham.
“The plan is to add production capacity with 11 robotic lines for isolation gown manufacturing in a 38,000-square-foot facility we’ve leased on Richmond Street in Chatham,” said Andrew Glover, Harbour’s co-owner and engineering manager, in a media release. “Once the plant is fully operational, we’ll need about 80 full-time, skilled employees to help us meet growing demand for our products.”
While traditional gowns feature hand-stitched seams, Harbour’s are welded during automated assembly, offering improved clinical value, comfort and durability, company officials said.
The move places Chatham on the front lines of domestic PPE manufacturing, critical to rebuilding Canada’s pandemic response capabilities.
“Chatham-Kent has a proud tradition of quality manufacturing,” Mayor Darrin Canniff said. “As a community we welcome Harbour Technologies. It is gratifying that we have been chosen for this investment and we’re excited to be home to a firm producing such a vital product.”
Chatham-Kent director of Economic Development Stuart McFadden echoed the sentiment.
“I would like to welcome Harbour Technologies to Chatham-Kent and take the opportunity to thank Fred Naclerio and his team at Apollo Property Management and Developments for their role in securing this investment in our community. This teamwork approach makes our community special,” he said.