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Amway manufactures, donates thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer to Spectrum Health

Posted at 6:56 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 21:42:23-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — One of the resources running short in supply at Spectrum Health: hand sanitizer. Normally, Spectrum goes through about 2,000 bottles a month. This is not a normal time. Amidst the COVID-19 virus, Spectrum found their suppliers for hand sanitizer coming up short.

“Either because of hoarding, or what happened in China a few months ago,” Vice President of Supply Chain for Spectrum Health Kurt Knoth said.

That's caused them to get a bit creative, asking Amway if they could make the product for the hospital.

“Basically, within 10 days, they were able to start up a production line that hadn’t run in 15 years,” Knoth said.

Amway made more than 10,000 bottles and donated it.

"I was asking them how to pay for it, and one of their senior leaders said don’t worry about it, we’re going to give it to you,” Knoth said.

They gave it to Spectrum for free. It's the neighborly thing to do during a time like this one.

Amway is also making hand sanitizer for Kids Food Basket. The first shipment is expected to be in Friday morning for the hospital.