Hartley, Iowa — Workers at a Hartley ethanol plant are doing their part to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the urgent call for the production of hand sanitizer needed in the fight against COVID-19, Valero has announced that its Hartley ethanol plant is producing hand sanitizer.
Valero says bulk production will help alleviate the supply shortages health care organizations and first responders are facing as they combat this virus. Valero officials report that they received registration approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in record time.
Valero says they expect to distribute sanitizer to their ethanol plants and refineries and then on to local hospitals and emergency care providers.
Joe Gorder, Valero Chairman and Chief Executive Officer says that they are ready and willing to do what they can in communities surrounding their plants to help ease the nation’s critical shortage of hand sanitizer. He says he’s proud of Valero employees for their innovation and efforts to make this possible.
The company is proactively reaching out to hospitals, emergency responders and other organizations nearby Valero’s plants to assess their needs for hand sanitizer and evaluate similar production at its other ethanol plants.