Companies Offering Hand Sanitizer
ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering hand sanitizer
CA-based company EO Products is a certified organic manufacturer and operates a zero-waste factory. The company provides a range of natural cleaning solutions, including hand sanitizer, body wash and hair products, through its EO and Everyone brands. Due to unprecedented demand for products, particularly hand sanitizer, the company has quadrupled production capacity since early February 2020. Moreover, EO Products has shifted production lines exclusively to sanitizers and soaps. To cope with processing order delays, the company has also increased staff in fulfillment operations.
OH-based GOJO Industries Inc. (GOJO) manufactures hand sanitizer, cleaning products and general skincare products through its three brands - Gojo, Provon and Purell. Through its Purell brand, GOJO captures over half of the domestic market for hand sanitizer. To cope with the sharp uptick in demand recently, the company has a “demand surge preparedness team” to increase production capacity. Following the President’s invocation of the Defense Production Act, GOJO is currently shipping products intended only for critical, prioritized end users, which are determined by the federal government. GOJO stated that it will make hand sanitizer available for other end users as capacity allows.
NY-based company Henry Schein Inc. provides a range of healthcare products, including hand sanitizer, primarily to dental and medical practitioners. Although Henry Schein has hand sanitizer in stock, quantities are limited. The company anticipates supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently rationing the supply of hand sanitizer. Henry Schein is a participant in the White House’s COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force and is currently prioritizing purchases from healthcare professionals and government agencies over other end users.
TX-based manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Kimberly-Clark) is a major provider of hand sanitizer, facial and bathroom tissues, medical gloves and other personal protective equipment. Kimberly-Clark provides hand sanitizer through its K-C Professional brand as well as Kleenex brand. The company announced it has recently adjusted and accelerated its manufacturing processes to boost production in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IL-based company Medline Industries Inc. (Medline) is a major manufacturer and distributor of personal protective equipment, wound care products, and respiratory and infection products, including hand sanitizer. Medline manufacturers its own hand sanitizer and also distributes branded products such as Germ-X, Kleenex and Purell. Medline is working to diversify its production lines to meet the surge in market demand for sanitizing products.
Spain-based company Touchland LLC specializes in producing hand sanitizer. In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the company has ramped up production to three shifts a day at manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Touchland announced that it sold 250,000 products between February 20 and March 5, 2020 compared to 16,500 products in the same period the previous year. Three times as many products were sold in February 2020 compared to January 2020. Touchland is currently working to fulfill orders for the nearly 25,000 customers on their waitlist.
IL-based company W.W. Grainger Inc. is an industrial supplies and equipment provider. The company is not currently accepting online orders for pandemic-related products, including certain personal protective equipment and sanitation products. As products become available from upstream manufacturers, W.W. Grainger is coordinating with the government to ensure hospitals and emergency responders are the prioritized recipients.
TX-based vodka distiller Fifth Generation Inc. (Tito’s Handmade Vodka) has repeatedly issued warnings that their standard vodka product cannot be used to make homemade hand sanitizer. In accordance with governmental and industry guidance, however, the company is preparing to produce hand sanitizer at their distillery. The company expects to produce 24 tons of hand sanitizer during April 2020, which will be donated to first responders, hospitals and managed care facilities.
CA-based company John Paul Mitchell Systems (Paul Mitchell) is a leader in the beauty salon industry. However, in light of “Safe at Home” directives and quarantine measures, hair salons are largely closed. The company is shifting gears away from manufacturing hair care products and instead manufacturing hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founder and Chairman John Paul DeJoria states that the first run of production will yield 20,000 products, which will be donated to healthcare professionals, first responders, retirement homes and other workers on the frontlines of the health crisis.
IL-based whiskey and gin distiller Koval Distillery has been producing hand sanitizer based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidance since mid-March 2020. So far, the company has manufactured and donated over 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Chicago Police Department, O’Hare Airport’s air traffic controllers, retirement communities and other medical facilities and first responders in the Chicago area.
NY-based cosmetics company L’Oréal USA (L’Oréal) announced a range of relief initiatives for its employees and the American public during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to monetary donations to Feeding America, surgical and N95 respirator mask donations to local hospitals, personal care donations to Feed the Children and financial relief for small businesses, the company is producing hand sanitizer. L’Oréal’s facilities in North America began manufacturing hand sanitizer at the end of March 2020 and will donate the product to its US employees and partners as well as healthcare professionals.
LA-based company Sazerac Company Inc. produces a variety of alcoholic beverages, including Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. The company announced it is adding production capacity to its 10 plants nationwide to start making hand sanitizer. Sazerac has already received requests for more than 5 million bottles of hand sanitizer. The product will be donated to workers in the healthcare, government, military, retail, distribution, airline, pharmacy and banking industries.
IL-based wholesaler True Value Company LLC (True Value) has one of the largest paint manufacturing facilities in the United States. In response to the hand sanitizer shortage, True Value has converted some of its facilities to manufacture hand sanitizer and other cleaning products. The company states that the first several thousand gallons are scheduled to be shipped in early- to mid-April and will be allocated to employees at True Value stores nationwide.
The hand sanitizer market typically encounters a high level of regulation, primarily by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, to cope with the drastic surge in demand for products, the FDA announced it will not take action against companies, such as the nontraditional vendors listed above, that begin manufacturing hand sanitizer.
World Health Organization (WHO) issues guide to local production
To assist nontraditional vendors, the WHO released guidance on the production of hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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