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Stronger Together: Made in Simcoe County Solutions to Help Combat COVID-19

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2.0 COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 

As a follow-up to Phase I of Simcoe County Economic Development​ survey, and in an effort to continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 on local businesses, Simcoe County, in partnership with our member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia and regional partners are seeking information on the changing conditions and your business needs. We will continue to use this information to put in place supports where possible and advocate various levels of government on your behalf. 

2.0 COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Results​

Thank you to all the buinesses that participated in the 2.0 Covid-19 Business Impact Survey. Your input is valuable to us and we appreciate your time. ​​​


COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

In an effort to monitor the progression of COVID-19 on local businesses, Simcoe County Economic Development, in partnership with our member municipalities, the City of Orillia and City of Barrie, is seeking your assistance in providing information on how we can best support you and your business. ​ 

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Results


​Shop Local and Experience Simcoe County from Home

Tourism Simcoe County and the County's Economic Development Office, in conjunction with member municipalities and area partners, have launched a new online directory to highlight local businesses in Simcoe County that are continuing to safely provide services and goods such as food, and other daily essentials, local retailers and artisans across the region are offering call-in, online purchasing options, delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up. For a list of participting buinesses visit experience.simcoe.ca​, like @TourismSimcoeCounty on Facebook, follow @SimcoeCountyEDO on Twitter and @experiencesimcoecounty on Instagram.​

Manufacturers switching gears to make medical supplies

Local Simcoe County businesses are answering the call and switching gears to make medical supplies a​mid the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has spread around the globe and strained national supplies of hand sanitizer, face masks, and more. Companies are retooling to make urgently needed medical supplies and even though it may take time and a monumental effort to pivot their lines; these companies are stepping up for their communities and helping in anyway they can.

The County would like to take this opportunity to recognize these businesses and say thank you for switching up their production for the common good. 

Below are the names of some outstanding local businesses that prove we are stronger when we work together.


Heretic Spirits is a Collingwood based company that has gotten into the “spirit" and switching over their whiskey stills to produce hand sanitizer.  They hope to have the first batch available by the end of this week.  www.hereticspirits.com

Collingwood Businesses' ingenious Covid adaptations


​Molded Precision Components (MPC) is a precision injection moulding facility located in Oro-Medonte, offering 
industry a full-service engineering, product development and volume manufacturing capability. With a flexible manufacturing approach, they continue to serve their existing automotive partners, having also redeployed key resources to focus on medical-driven needs, including a collaboration for supply of 25 million personal protective face shields. They were recently featured on the National for their impressive innovation, all 60 employees remaining actively employed and with additional hiring needs for 15 more employees. www.mpccomponents.com

Congratulations MPC on this fantastic accomplishment of one million face shields!

Napoleon is a Simcoe County company with two locations in Oro-Medonte and Barrie with over 1,200,000+ square feet of manufacturing space. Workers have stop making grills and volunteer to make essential medical equipment amidst COVID-19. Their team is primarily focused on assembling and packaging face shields. ​https://napoleonhomecomfort.ca/​​


Beatties Distillers is a company run by a 5th generation Canadian farming family in Alliston. They produce some of the finest potato vodka. However, during these challenging times they have switch caps and begun to produce hand sanitizer. www.beattiesdistillers.com

Baxter Canada located in Alliston has also altered production by transitioning from a 5-day work week to a 24/7 production schedule for the next 4-6 weeks. Baxter is the only large scale manufacturing plant producing life-sustaining intravenous and dialysis solutions in Canada. Over the coming weeks, the company's over 600 dedicated colleagues will set their sights on increasing production of IV bags used in ICU departments across the country as they treat COVID-19 patients. www.baxter.ca


Industrial Filter Manufacturing (IFM) in Penetanguishene is a company that makes specialty and custom liquid filtration bags and has expanded its production to include masks. They are doing their part to help fill the need for more medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. IFM has also made staffing adjustments in order to accommodate physical-distancing protocols and keep their staff safe​. ​www.liquidfiltration.com/


SCHOTT Gemtron Canada Corp. is supporting our local community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SCHOTT is a company that specializes in the processing of flat glass for the home appliance industry. For the month of April and May, the company is offering municipalities and local businesses in North Simcoe up to 10 pieces per entity of free tempered glass (glass only, installation excluded) to assist with social distancing.


Canadian Yacht Tops (CYT) is a Lefroy business that has reconfigured it operations to produce face shields using the materials in making boat tops. CYT has a staff of six full time and two part time employees with approximately 2,000 to 2,500 square feet of space to work within. The hope is to roll out between 250 to 500 face shields per day. 


Interspec Systems in Adjala Tosorontio is getting ready to deliver bed locators to an Ottawa area hospital. Interspec Systems provides hospitals with ​a complete range of healthcare headwalls and medical service unit solutions on the market. These units keep essentials at doctors finger tips in hospital rooms. 

If you know of a company or are a Simcoe County business helping others in need, we want to hear from you. Contac​t the County of Simcoe Economic Department Office with your story, edo@simcoe.ca

The County of Simcoe EDO is here for your business during this challenging time. We are all in this together.​​​

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