Tridel implements non-medical reusable cloth face masks as part of new Health and Safety protocols

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Developer Manufactures 8,000 Masks for its Employees as Province Prepares to Re-Open

TORONTO, May 6, 2020 – Tridel commits to providing each employee with two non-medical, reusable cloth face masks as part of its expanded health and safety protocols as the organization prepares to return to work. Building upon the cloth mask initiative started by Leo DelZotto, CEO of the Tridel Group, and his wife Sandra DelZotto, the organization is currently working with the George Brown College Fashion Exchange to manufacture a set of masks for every employee.

Searching for a way to help safeguard the senior population living in Delmanor communities, a group of retirement residences owned by the Tridel Group, Leo and Sandra DelZotto commissioned a group of local seamstresses in the GTA to design and produce approximately 1,500 non-medical, reusable cloth masks for Delmanor’s on-site staff.

“Knowing the virus was highly contagious it became prudent to examine our procedures and immediately implement strategies to minimize the risks to our residents,” says Leo DelZotto, CEO Tridel Group. “Sandra and I firmly believed that we could do more, and that implementing this precautionary measure was the right thing to do. Fortunately, thanks to Sandra’s connections within the community, we were able to make it happen quickly.”

Studies have shown that simple cloth face coverings may help slow the spread of coronavirus, by reducing droplet transmission and minimizing asymptomatic carriers transmitting the virus to others. This created a huge demand for non-medical face masks, and as a result, cloth masks were in short supply and increasingly difficult to source, especially in large quantities. Additionally, it was vital to preserve the supply of medical-grade masks for frontline healthcare professionals. Turning to seamstresses to create the masks for Delmanor created a local supply of masks being manufactured for the community, while also providing new income opportunities for the seamstresses and fabric suppliers which were previously forced to close.

Skilled in detailed workmanship and pattern–making, the seamstresses designed a selection of mask prototypes, which were then vetted for use by Tridel’s Health and Safety teams, as well as a Tridel employee with a PhD in Immunology, able to offer expertise in product testing and viral transmission. The mask design and fabric selected also had to pass a number of tests, with consideration given to protection, comfort, and the potential for re-use.

Meanwhile, as part of the adjustments made to continue operations as an essential service during the state of emergency, the Tridel Health & Safety team introduced a number of enhanced safety measures on site -over and above its already strict protocols- such as screening prior to site entry, enhanced cleaning, ordering additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and installing additional washing stations to ensure the well-being of employees, consultants, and trades professionals working on all of its active job sites. Upon learning of the initiative started for the Delmanor communities, Peter Meneguzzi, Tridel’s Vice President, Construction, immediately ordered an additional 3,300 masks for the employees and trade professionals working on its active job sites.

“We take our leadership position in the real estate and construction industries seriously and we have an active role to play in helping our industry adapt to a new normal,” says Peter Meneguzzi, Vice President Construction at Tridel. “It is imperative we take every precaution with regard to enhancing our health and safety protocols in order to safeguard the people working on our sites. While the majority of us were at home, they have been helping us keep our promise to deliver quality homes to our customers in a timely manner.”

As Tridel began to consider its reopening strategy, the developer recognized the value of this initiative and expanded the program. Leveraging its longstanding relationship with George Brown College, Tridel contacted the Fashion Exchange for its design expertise to manufacture and produce additional reusable cloth masks for the remainder of its employees.

Once permitted to resume operations with strict health and safety policies in place, George Brown College Fashion Exchange (GBC FX) re-opened its doors to fulfill Tridel’s order for an additional 3,200 masks. This partnership created a local supplier of new masks and supports Made in Canada manufacturing. The Fashion Exchange has since secured additional orders to manufacture masks for other organizations, drawing their operations on this initiative into the spring.

“Our sense of community is stronger than ever and our Tridel family has come together over the past few months like never before, drawing on our collective strengths for this masks initiative,” says Andrea DelZotto, Director and EVP Community Development. “As we return to work, it’s important that each person feel safe and we’re thankful to George Brown and the Fashion Exchange for helping us provide these masks to our employees.”

In total, Tridel will have produced and distributed approximately 8,000 non-medical, reusable cloth masks to complement the expanded health and safety protocols in place to ensure the well-being of all employees and customers.

About Tridel

Tridel® is Canada’s leading developer and builder of condominium residences with more than 85 years of homebuilding experience. To date, the Tridel Group of Companies is responsible for producing over 85,000 homes. Tridel is determined to develop condominium communities that meet the needs of today’s homeowners while safeguarding the well-being of future generations. The company is working to meet this goal by focusing on innovation including environmentally sustainable design, performance in construction and corporate stewardship. Tridel looks forward to continuing the long, proud history of award-winning excellence with over 20 new condominium communities currently under development in the Greater Toronto Area.