Community Service: Linamar announces opening of community vaccine clinic in Guelph

A Linamar facility in Guelph, Ontario. The auto parts manufacturer has made a play to acquire Montupet, a major producer of aluminum.

Guelph, Ontario — Linamar Corp. is officially stepping up to the front lines of the COVID-19 vaccination effort with the announcement that the company will be setting up a community clinic that could deliver up to 2,000 vaccines per day.

In conjunction with the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit, who will be handling the scheduling of vaccines, Linamar plans to develop a strategy to help other companies open community clinics.

This announcement follows Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz’s resignation from Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Task Force in late January, after it was brought to Premier Doug Ford’s attention that she travelled outside the country in December.

“Our current focus now is on three key areas. First, continuing to ensure a safe workplace, as now is not the time to become complacent around our safety protocols,” said Hasenfratz on a conference call with financial analysts on Wednesday.

“Second, we’re focused on testing to help reduce community spread. And finally, we’re focused on vaccinations, both in terms of encouraging our global employee base to get vaccinated, and also helping to deliver those vaccines.”

Linamar made this announcement alongside the company’s Q4 financial report, which saw net income rise to $113.1 million, or $1.73 per diluted share in the final three months of 2020.


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