Nanaimo mill makes pulp for face mask, gowns during COVID-19 pandemic

Nanaimo mill makes pulp for face mask, gowns during COVID-19 pandemic

Harmac Pacific’s pulp mill in Nanaimo is making pulp to help those working on the front lines fighting the coronavirus.

Harmac Pacific produces a soft blend of pulp made from cedar, which is then used to make medical masks, gowns, drapes, screens, and other hospital supplies that are much needed during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We want to be able to keep running and do our part in this fight,” Levi Sampson, president of Harmac Pulp Operations, told CHEK News.

At a time where thousands of British Columbians are being laid off, Harmac’s operations have actually ramped up. However, the company isn’t hiring at the moment, as they want their workers to maintain a social distance.

“At Harmac we made the decision to continue to run, because although we’re not on the front lines like doctors, nurses, paramedics, we’re making a product that is going to the front line,” said Sampson.

The Nanaimo mill has enough space for workers to work over two metres apart, says Sampson, adding that they will continue to make masks for as long as it is needed.

With files from CBC

Correction: An earlier version of this article said Harmac is making masks. The story has been updated to say the mill is making pulp for medical supplies. 

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