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Best Formulations is re-tooling its machinery to manufacture up to 100,000 bottles of sanitizer to donate to those in need in the Los Angeles community in support of COVID-19 relief.
Best Formulations (Los Angeles, CA), a supplement contract manufacturer for global brands, is re-tooling its machinery to manufacture up to 100,000 bottles of sanitizer to donate to those in need in the Los Angeles community in support of COVID-19 relief. The initiative, Project We Are With You (WAWU), is the company’s pledge to donate an estimated $350,000 worth of hand sanitizer to county hospitals, first responders, fire departments, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and senior-living places.
“We heard the call from Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and other government officials who reached out to local businesses desperate for essential items like masks and hand sanitizers and decided we needed to do something.” said Best Formulations’ CEO Eugene Ung, in a press release.
“Project WAWU was born in response to this urgent plea and our commitment to help our communities” added Jeff Goh, president of Best Formulations.
Since making hand sanitizer isn’t part of Best Formulations’ core business, it had to pivot resources and repurpose machinery to make high-quality and effective products in a matter of weeks. This also resulted in it providing jobs to recently displaced workers, putting them to work to make something essential for the community.
The moisturizing hand sanitizer, Shield360, is formulated with alcohol, vitamin E, and glycerin and will be distributed in 2-oz. refill bottles. The bottles were initially designed to have a spray head for easy application. After discovering supply-chain challenges could cause lengthy delays in receiving the spray head componentry, Best Formulations decided to move forward with capped refill bottles to get the product out as soon as possible.
Key local government officials, Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus and 10th District Councilmember Herb Wesson and current Council President Nury Martinez, have partnered with Best Formulations to aid in the local distribution of hand sanitizers.
"In times like these, we rely on anyone who can step up and help out our communities. Best Formulations has shown what the heart of Los Angeles looks like, creativity and generosity in a time of need,” said Wesson, in a press release.
“Best Formulations and its WAWU is a prime example of what Los Angeles needs to get through this crisis,” said Martinez. “The WAWU initiative is not only creating directly needed jobs, as well as a product to keep our healthcare workers and first responders and vulnerable populations safe, they are creating hope. I commend them for answering our call to assist.”
“We are very appreciative of Mr. Wesson’s and Ms. Martinez’s support during this process,” said Ung. “Their connections have allowed us to get product to those in dire need at this critical time.”