Rockingham County, NC (May 11th, 2020) – Hand sanitizer is in short demand, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health experts, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), recommend using an alcohol-based sanitizer to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in addition to washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
To help the local community meet the demand, Henniges Automotive of Reidsville, used supplies on hand to produce their own, using the CDC and WHO’s guidelines. Through their production, they have the capacity to produce approximately 500 gallons of hand sanitizer. Over the last week, Henniges has donated 200 bottles of hand sanitizer as well as 1,000 face masks they had in excess to Rockingham County Government. The sanitizer and masks will go to Rockingham County agencies such as Public Health and Emergency Management Services, who are the County’s frontline heroes in the fight against COVID-19.
“It is such a blessing to have industries in our community that are willing to lend a hand in the time of a crisis like Henniges,” stated Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager. “This shows a true commitment to Rockingham County. From each of us at Rockingham County Government, we want to sincerely thank Henniges for providing much-needed hand sanitizer and masks for our employees and clients.”
When the need to sanitizer became apparent, Chris Eckhardt’s, Henniges Automotive Reidsville Plant Manager, desire to keep his employees safe prompted him and his team to research what it takes to make their own. They quickly realized, many of the ingredients outlined by the CDC and WHO, were ones on hand at the plant. After production started, the supply Eckhardt and staff were able to produce went much farther that what was needed for Henniges employees; this lead them to reach out to the surrounding community, especially those on the frontlines, to assist those whose need outweighed their supply.
“All of us at Henniges Automotive are proud of our first responders, essential workers, and our community,” stated Eckhardt. “It gives all of us a great deal of satisfaction to be able to give back and support anyway we can.”
The Henniges team plans to produce and donate approximately 500 total gallons of hand sanitizer over the course of the next few weeks, including 50 bottles which will donated to Rockingham Community College.
For more information, questions, or for ways to help, please contact Tara Martin, Economic Development Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.