Oh, the plasticity of plastics. Baytech plastics Inc., a Midland business that makes hundreds of different parts for many finished products around the world, didn’t shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We did no layoffs. In fact, we’ve been hiring. We’ve hired in excess of 30 people,” said Dave Webster, chief executive and chief financial officer. Baytech employs 220 people at its two Midland plants and is continuing to hire for several reasons.

Firstly, even before the pandemic hit in mid-March, the company struggled to find skilled labour, including electricians, technicians, millwrights and tool makers.

Secondly, while demand for plastics for the automotive industry declined during the pandemic, that only accounts for 15 per cent of the company’s total output. Demand has increased for products now in demand due to the coronavirus and products in the garden industry, including decking, rain barrels and composters. []