Englewood Cliffs-based E.T. Browne Drug Co., manufacturer of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and Coconut Oil Formula skin and hair care products, said Monday that its manufacturing facility Hayward Laboratories in East Stroudsburg, Pa. is producing medical-grade hand sanitizer to address widespread supply shortages in the wake of COVID-19.
Nearly 300 Hayward Industries employees have committed to leading this effort, which required the manufacturer to mobilize its supply chain within weeks. Initial production of the disinfectant sanitizer will supply local medical first responders and U.S. Military personnel.
The company already started donations to emergency medical responders in Bergen County, where they currently operate, and in Monroe County in Pennsylvania, as well as providing priority supply to U.S. Military personnel and their families through commissaries and exchanges.
“As a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer, we want to give back on both a national and local level and support the community that has been there for us for over 25 years,” said Antone McIntyre, director of manufacturing at Hayward. “Not only is our sanitizer benefitting workers on the frontlines, but it is also supporting our local neighborhood by securing jobs for our 300 employees who need to take care of their families during this pandemic.”
E.T. Browne was able to secure isopropyl alcohol supply for the sanitizer from ExxonMobil, whose leaders worked with E.T. Browne to prioritize this critical project. ExxonMobil is the largest producer of isopropyl alcohol in the United States, and its cooperation allowed E.T. Browne and Hayward to begin producing sanitizer for distribution within weeks.