ExxonMobil announced on April 24 that it has reconfigured manufacturing operations in Louisiana to produce medical-grade hand sanitizer, which it will donate to COVID-19 response efforts in Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The initial production of 160,000 gallons of medical-grade sanitizer — enough to fill nearly five million 4-ounce bottles — is being distributed to medical providers and first responders. Additional donation locations are planned, said ExxonMobil in a press release.
|For safety reasons, ExxonMobil staff package the hand sanitizer outdoors. Image courtesy ExxonMobil/Businesswire.|
“The ingenuity and dedication of our employees to develop a consumer-ready product in record time demonstrates ExxonMobil’s commitment to help those in need during the global pandemic,” said Darren Woods, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corp. “We’re focused on keeping our people and communities safe while supporting frontline responders and meeting customer needs.”
ExxonMobil said that it has increased monthly production of isopropyl alcohol, a key ingredient in sanitizer, by about 3,000 tonnes at its chemical manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge, LA. To produce, package, and distribute hand sanitizer, the company purchased additional ingredients and modified equipment at its Baton Rouge facility and a nearby lubricants plant in Port Allen, LA.
“To stand up an entirely new process and supply chain in a matter of weeks, while maintaining ExxonMobil’s high standards for safety and quality and in compliance with FDA requirements is truly remarkable,” said Karen McKee, President of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Earlier this month, ExxonMobil announced the increased production of isopropyl alcohol, which is enough to enable monthly production of up to 50 million 4-ounce bottles of sanitizer. The company also increased its capability to manufacture specialized polypropylene, used in medical masks and gowns, by about 1,000 tonnes per month, which is enough to enable production of up to 200 million medical masks or 20 million gowns.
ExxonMobil is also participating in a technology collaboration with the Global Center for Medical Innovation to rapidly redesign and manufacture reusable personal protection equipment, such as medical face shields and masks.