Monday, April 13, 2020
Conneaut Cellars Winery is distilling wine to make hand sanitizer. The process removes water and other chemical compounds leaving about 1/10 in the sanitizer—200 gallons of wine makes 20 gallons of hand sanitizer. The wine being used is not only from Conneaut Cellars’ product line, but is also being donated by other regional wineries. Half of the sanitizer made from the other wineries stock is sent back to them to be used in their communities.
The winery is donating their time, equipment and products and serving medical and government entities only. Aside from St. Paul’s, they have also sent sanitizer to Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneautville, Pa., Wesbury Retirement Community in Meadville, Pa., and Crawford County Active Aging, Inc.
“Whatever we can do to put an island around St. Paul’s and keep residents safe,” said Joal Wolf, President and Owner. “This is a way Conneaut Cellars and regional wineries can donate to a cause.” The winery has produced 200 gallons of sanitizer so far and 13 gallons have been donated to St. Paul’s.
After registering with the FDA, utilizing a fast-track program that was created for manufacturers to safely produce hand sanitizer, Jamestown Coating Technologies used one of the two hand sanitizer formulations approved by the FDA based on guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Fortunately, we already had most of the chemical ingredients to make this formulation,” said Michael P. Walton, CEO, “It was a great team effort to pull things together so quickly.”
The company created product labeling based on FDA guidelines and submitted the labeling to FDA for approval.
Jamestown Coating Technologies produced and donated 80 pints of hand sanitizer to St. Paul’s. They also sent an equal amount to Jennings Center for Older Adults, a group of assisted living homes in the Cleveland area where their grandfather is a resident.
Brian Mailliard, CFO at St. Paul’s said, “Our deepest gratitude to both Jamestown Coatings and Conneaut Cellars for their generosity and deep commitment to their communities. Their impact on St. Paul’s Senior Living Community is invaluable and supports the efforts of protecting our residents and staff.”