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Nearly 4,000 bottles were delivered by the start of the week to agencies across northwest Oregon.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Officer Stephanie McCluskey of the Wilsonville Police Department shows off some of the personal protective equipment she has to don when answering a call. The department was one of the recipients of hand sanitizer made by Rose City Distilling Co., as seen in the bottle she's holding.A Tigard distillery that's used to producing whiskey, vodka and gin has turned to making hand sanitizer to help local local first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Monday, Rose City Distilling Co. on Durham Road had delivered 3,400 pint-sized bottles and 408 750-milliliter bottles of its distinctive blue hand sanitizer to a variety of police and fire agencies around the area.

"We were able to pivot to an additional line of work fairly seamlessly once our formula was nailed down," Cam Werschkul, chief operating officer with Rose City Distilling Co., said in an email Monday, March 30. "We are using the guidelines set forth by the FDA and World Health Organization." 

The hand sanitizer contains at least 70% alcohol, with water, a thickening agent, scent and food coloring added to the mix. Each batch costs about $500 to produce, according to KPTV Channel 12.

Among the recipients of the hand sanitizer have been the Tigard, Tualatin, Portland, Rockaway Beach and West Linn police departments, as well as the Washington County and Yamhill County sheriff's offices. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Portland Fire & Rescue have received bottles as well.

The six cases of the hand sanitizer sent to the Tigard Police Department contained 24 big bottles in each box, according to Stefanie Kouremetis, community engagement program coordinator for the department.

"The sanitizer is being used by patrol and all other areas of our department to include detectives, property and evidence, and records," she said. "Officers are taking additional precautions after every interaction to be safe, including using more sanitizer than before."

Formerly called Indio Spirits Distillery, Rose City Distilling Co. has been in business for 15 years, moving to its current Tigard location seven years ago.


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