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PHOTOS — EcoWerks delivers hand sanitizer to firefighters

EcoWerks, a recycling company in Port Arthur, changed its production line this week to focus on the mass production of hand sanitizer.

The cleaning agent is highly recommended by health professionals to stave off the spread of coronavirus.

Employees of EcoWerks began the assembly–line process Monday, producing approximately 750 gallons of FDA-approved hand sanitizer in less than a day.

Captain Pete Konidis, left, of the Groves Fire Department and Chief Lance Billeaud were happy to accept a donation of hand sanitizer from the team at EcoWerks. (Courtesy photo)

Firefighter Troy Nichols, from left, firefighter Brady Blackwell, administrative assistant James Harvey and Captain Colin Batchelor accepted the hand sanitizer donation on behalf of the Nederland Fire Department. (Courtesy photo)

The first batch of finished product shipped Wednesday.

“We wanted to do (this process) on a scale large enough to make a real difference, because if our community fails, we fail,” EcoWerks CEO Michael Laws told The Port Arthur News this week. “We’ve been blessed in our history here, so this investment back into the community is a ‘thank you.’”

The donated products will eventually land in the hands of police chiefs, fire departments, emergency rooms, retirement homes and medical centers across Jefferson, Hardin and Orange Counties — free of charge.