WYANDOTTE, MI, April 13, 2020 – The BASF Corporation site in Wyandotte has created and produced a hand sanitizer, HandClaspTM, with the first 1,000 gallons in the U.S. donated to the Henry Ford Health System. The sanitizing product will help meet the increased demands needed to safely combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wyandotte facility is home to one of BASF’s largest Research & Development Centers and manufacturing sites in North America with more than 1,200 employees. BASF does not regularly produce hand sanitizer at the Wyandotte location, however the facility received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to temporarily produce a safe and high-quality sanitizing product.
The facility has produced over 8,000 gallons of hand sanitizer being distributed to the Henry Ford Health System, and other health care systems in Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, Mexico and Canada, as well as other BASF locations in the United States.
“When we learned of the supply shortage of disinfectants for health care systems and hospitals, our technical experts in Wyandotte displayed amazing resourcefulness and collaboration to develop and produce a beneficial antimicrobial product within a few days,” said Greg Pflum, Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s Midwest Hub. “Because of the diligent efforts of our Wyandotte team, BASF will help alleviate the critical shortage of disinfectant agent for front-line health care workers fighting COVID-19 in our communities.”
Following the company’s ‘Helping Hands’ campaign in Germany, BASF teams worldwide are supporting the fight against COVID-19 by producing and donating hand sanitizers to hospitals, healthcare facilities and other institutions. In the U.S., disinfectants are also produced at the BASF site in Washington, New Jersey.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,800 employees in North America and had sales of $18.4 billion in 2019. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit http://www.basf.com/us.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.