Hiram Walker now distilling hand sanitizer

A distillation pot at Hiram Walker & Sons distillery on Riverside Dr. in Windsor, March 22, 2017. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

The region’s largest distillery is doing its part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Hiram Walker & Sons is now producing hand sanitizer along with its 180,000 litres of alcohol every day.

“In coordination with local and senior levels of government, we are utilizing our production capacity and Windsor distillery to help provide hand sanitizer to areas where it is in need,” said Patrick O’Driscoll, chief executive officer of Corby.

The hand sanitizer will be donated where needed in Windsor and to the TTC in Toronto.

“The health and safety of our employees – and our communities – is our top priority,” said O’Driscoll. “In times like this, it is important that everyone, especially companies with strong Canadian roots, like ours, prioritize good corporate citizenship and step up in the name of the greater good. I am glad that we were able to form this public/private partnership and repurpose our spirits production facilities to meet a pressing need.”

The team at the distillery has reached out to the mayor of Windsor to identify local communities in need to receive donations of hand sanitizer from our Walkerville distillery.