A local industry known worldwide for its packaging has in recent weeks been packaging a product that’s been in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.
And, it has been giving that product to those who are serving others during the pandemic.
“At the point where hand sanitizer became very hard to get a hold of, we had an opportunity to partner through a friend of Mark’s (Langston, Octochem (president) that has a World Health Organization recipe that’s very common now,” said Denny Grant, Octochem general manager at its Vandalia facility.
“We were able to get a few hundred gallons of that delivered to us, and not quite a thousand gallons of product that will be delivered,” Grant said.
To this point, he said, Octochem has received close to 2,000 gallons of the hand sanitizer.
“We said, if we can get it, we will bottle it and market it,” he said.
“So, we’ve set up a website (handsanitizermadeinusa.com) through which we’re shipping product all over the country,” Grant said.
“Along with that what we wanted to do, as long as we have product, we wanted to distribute some to different medical personnel, including hospitals and doctors, nursing homes, police and fire, and other emergency businesses or locations, as well as city hall, in Bond and Fayette counties,” he said.
Grant estimated that Octochem has provided its hand sanitizer, OctoClenz, to about 26 entities.
“We think we have hit all of the medical professionals and first responders, plus city government,” he said.
Grant said that Octochem is packaging the sanitizer in 8-, 16-, 32- and 64-ounce bottles, as well as a gallon container, and also is providing spray and squeeze bottles.
“For the most part, what people are doing is buying either a quart or a pint and then a spray bottle or squeeze bottle and refilling those,” he said.
Octochem will continue dealing in the hand sanitizer “as long as we long the demand is out there, the need is there,” Grant said.
In addition to providing hand sanitizer for sale, he said, Octochem wanted to get it to those who are dealing with coronavirus daily as part of their jobs, including hospitals, physicians and first responders.
“This was an opportunity for us to give back, through providing this product, and help protect those who are on the front line,” Grant said.