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Rancho Cordova Distilleries Make Hand Sanitizer

Post Date:03/27/2020 5:06 PM

Rancho Cordovans have come together in unique and inspiring ways to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, and Rancho Cordova businesses are no exception. 

This week, J.J. Pfister Distilling Company and Gold River Distillery have each begun producing and selling hand sanitizer instead of the usual gin, vodka, rum and brandy.

"Our team is willing to work to its maximum capacity to help fulfill the critical healthcare needs in our community to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus," said Gail Keck, Chief Financial Officer at J.J. Pfister Distilling Company.

Keck said they can produce 528 gallons of hand sanitizer in each batch and that their goal is to produce 5,000 gallons in total. In addition to selling the hand sanitizer, they also have plans to distribute some for free to certain communities, such as the homeless. 

Gold River Distillery has begun selling hand sanitizer and has sold several 4-ounce spray bottles and 750-milliliter bottles to hospitals and other medical facilities. 

“We saw a need in the community, and we have what it takes to fulfill that need,” said Greg Baughman, Chief Executive Officer and Master Distiller at Gold River Distillery. “We want to make sure people get the hand sanitizer they need to keep themselves safe,” he added.

“Pivoting and using their own distilling process and local talent to make hand sanitizer is both meaningful and inspiring,” said Amanda Norton, Economic Development Manager for the City of Rancho Cordova.

If you have unique and inspiring ways Rancho Cordovans are coming together during this unprecedented time, the City of Rancho Cordova is encouraging you to share those stories on social media using the hashtag #RanchoCordovaInspires. 

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