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Michigan distillery planning to produce alcohol-based sanitizer

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 12:31:22-04

HOLLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — Coppercraft Distillery, based in Holland, Mich., announced Thursday it was planning to produce and donate 10,000 gallons of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to hospitals on the west side of the state amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Coppercraft, the hand sanitizer will be made up primarily of a 96% ABV neutral grain spirit and will adhere to the World Health Organization guidelines calling for 60 percent alcohol minimum.

The formula provided by the WHO and used by Coppercraft will create a hand sanitizer that will be just under 80 percent and is expected to be ready for distribution next week.

“Times of crisis require each of us to determine how we can use our work for good,” said Brian Mucci, CEO of Coppercraft Distillery. “This is an opportunity to step into a need and assist our community, and we are honored to do so in such a practical way. As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we have been inspired by numerous stories of people lending a hand to assist one another. This is one way our team can express gratitude for all front-line healthcare workers during this exceptional time.”

Great Lakes Wine and Spirits is expected to donate its trucks and drivers to deliver the sanitizer to Holland Hospital and other hospitals.

“There is a critical need in our community and our nation for safe and effective hand sanitizer,” shared Rob Schwartz, Vice President of Quality, IT, HIM, and Risk at Holland Hospital. “We are so appreciative of companies like Coppercraft Distillery who are choosing to rally behind us and show their support in unique and creative ways.”

Coppercraft was founded in 2012 and was one of the first licensed distillers in the state.