Steve Brown, the president of Floratech, said he decided to make hand sanitizer about the same time that Purell began flying off store shelves.
"Everybody needs it and no one can find it," Brown said. "Especially the people who are most vulnerable. We decided to step up our production and get it out to the people."
Floratech, a Chandler-based business that provides botanical ingredients to formulators of cosmetic and personal care products worldwide, has distributed some 3,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to churches, nonprofits, first responders and more with a focus on getting the sanitizer to those who are immune-compromised, the elderly and those in need.
"We knew how to do it, in fact we have innovated in this space over the years," Brown said. "What we are distributing to the public is traditional, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between ours and Purell."
Brown said that the company is dedicated to making all the sanitizer is can during the COVID-19 pandemic, when hand sanitizers are so hard to come by on store shelves.
"We are not set up to make masks, not set up to cook or clean or to make PPE or any of the other things—but we can make hand sanitizer so that’s what we are doing," Brown said. "And we are good at it.”
But Brown said the company is running into an issue: a lack of alcohol and a potential lack of bottles.
"We will make every drop we can and distribute every drop we can free of charge, we aren't taking a penny from anyone," Brown said. "We want to give it to the people who don't have any, that's our mission with this."
Brown said the company is getting its sanitizer out into all corners of Arizona, but is not sending the product out of the state.
"Our mission is to do what is needed right now for Arizona," he said.