COVID-19 News / Stepan: Donations of hand sanitizer and disinfectants to first responders

Stepan Company, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, has recently made donations of hand sanitizer and spray disinfectants to Chicagoland first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

The company’s plant near Joliet, IL, USA, has donated 800 gallons of hand sanitizer and several hundred gallons of disinfecting spray solution to the Chicago Police and Fire departments as well as numerous departments in the Chicago suburbs. As a specialty chemical maker, Stepan was able to produce and access necessary raw materials and used its R&D and Pilot Plant capabilities to formulate and produce the sanitizing and disinfectant products. While Stepan continues to manufacture cleaning and disinfecting products, including non-ionic surfactants and biocides, for customers that are essential in the fight against COVID‑19, it recognized the urgent need of Chicagoland first responders for sanitation supplies as they continue to serve and protect our local communities.

F. Quinn Stepan, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Stepan, said, „As a Chicagoland company, Stepan Company and its employees are proud to assist our first responders and donate products that help ensure they have the hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant needed to protect themselves from COVID-19 and to keep our communities safe. The health and safety of our community members and employees is – and always has been – our top priority.“

According to the company, other Stepan facilities across the globe have also donated to their local communities to support those most in need during this crisis. Stepan’s facility in Brzeg Dolny, Poland, donated monies to a local hospital, designated for buying cleaning products, disinfectants, masks and gloves to help medical personnel protect themselves from the virus. Stepan’s team in Voreppe, France, donated its stock of 200 face masks to hospitals in nearby Grenoble, to help health care workers maintain their safety in the fight against COVID-19. Stepan Brazil donated disinfectant to the Government of Sao Paulo to aid the fight against the virus. Other Stepan facilities across the globe continue seeking new ways to support their local communities as well.

„We are all in this fight together and we continue to encourage our teams across the globe to take creative and meaningful steps to support their communities. This is just a small way that we can say ‚thank you‘ for the work they’re doing to keep all of us safe during this difficult time,“ said F. Quinn Stepan, Jr.