Kawartha ethanol gets $2.5 million from Ontario to increase hand sanitizer production

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Kawartha ethanol in Havelock gets financial assistance worth $2.5 million from the Ontario government to increase production of hand sanitizer which is used to fight against the spread of COVID-19, reports Global News.

Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade announced on Monday that the assistance will be provided through Ontario together fund.

This boosts the company’s plan of investing $37M to produce high grade ethanol for hand sanitizer and disinfectants.

Darrel Drain, president of the company said that the company’s corn facility can produce 100 million litre fuel grade ethanol. With the additional investment, the company will be able to produce 60 milion high grade ethanol required for sanitizer production.

“We are thankful to the Ontario government for identifying our work and assisting us to increase capacity that will help in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Kawartha ethanol produces ethanol from corn supplied by local farmers.

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