BASF donates more than 1,100 gallons of hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19 in Texas
AUSTIN, TX, May 6, 2020 – BASF Corporation is providing the state of Texas with 1,100 gallons of hand sanitizer manufactured at the company’s facilities in Wyandotte, Michigan and Washington, New Jersey free of charge. The sanitizing product will help meet the increased demands needed to safely combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When we learned of the supply shortage of disinfectants in Texas, we wanted to help,” said Chris Witte, Senior Vice President and Freeport Site General Manager, BASF North America. “Texas is home to thirteen BASF sites with more than 3,200 employees, so we are pleased our hand sanitizer will help the front-line workers fighting COVID-19 in our communities.”
BASF provided the Texas Department of Emergency Management with approximately 800 gallons of the hand sanitizer. “I thank BASF for their generosity and their commitment to helping the people of Texas throughout this challenging time,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The State of Texas will continue to work closely with our private sector partners to ensure Texans have the resources they need to keep themselves and others healthy. When we work together, we can overcome any challenge.”
The remaining sanitizer will be donated in the Texas communities close to BASF manufacturing sites in Beaumont, Bishop, Freeport, Pasadena and Port Arthur.
BASF is temporarily producing hand sanitizer at its facilities in Wyandotte, Michigan and Washington, New Jersey, and to date the company has produced more than 9,500 gallons of hand sanitizer. It has been donated in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and California.
In recent weeks, BASF has also donated other key supplies such as disinfectants, hand soap, masks, gloves and protective suits in communities across the U.S.
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 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.