Ottawa’s Lowe-Martin experiences delays

Lowe-Martin, one of three security printers contracted by Canada Post to print Canadian stamps, is currently experiencing production delays after workplace measures were enacted to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“As a communication company serving both the public and private sectors, Lowe-Martin is part of the supply chain for essential services,” the company said in a statement on March 24. “As such, we are working to maintain our manufacturing activities throughout the pandemic.”

While Lowe-Martin is deemed an essential service, the Ontario government’s decision to shutter all non-essential businesses in late March is “affecting our customers and our supply chains; as a result, our ability to maintain all of our services will be disrupted,” added the company’s statement.

Lowe-Martin is now aligning its current manufacturing capabilities to its workload as the company tries “to support the projects deemed essential by our clients.”

In addition to printing some Canadian stamps, Lowe-Martin is also the sole printer of Canada Post’s customizable Picture Postage stamps, which are delayed through April. All Picture Postage orders placed between March 26 and April 24 were slated for printing and shipping by April 29.

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