Yorkville Sound received an upbeat visit on July 28 from Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Pickering MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy at its 150,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in Pickering, Ont., Canada. Impressed by Yorkville’s initiative and partnership with StarFish Medical to manufacture ventilators during the COVID 19 pandemic, Premier Ford and MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy came to Yorkville’s headquarters to see operations for themselves and personally thank the manufacturing team.

The Premier and MPP were greeted by Yorkville’s CEO, Steve Long and engineer, Peter Till, who was instrumental in pushing the ventilator project forward. Peter led a tour of the facility while the Premier tried his hand at different stations, greeting staff along the way.

“Within the first 10 minutes, we connected on a musical level,” said Steve Long, “I learned that the Premier is a drummer and our MPP is a guitarist. Walking the tour with them, I was proud of what we accomplished and the people we work with.”

Yorkville has manufactured hundreds of ventilator interfaces and is ramping up to thousands within the next two weeks. Premier Ford thanked the Yorkville Sound staff and commented, “Hundreds of Ontario companies like Yorkville Sound have answered the call to join the fight against COVID-19 and retool their businesses to make critical medical supplies and equipment. I want to thank Yorkville Sound for developing these Ontario-made solutions to help us build the ventilators we need to save lives.”

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