The need for surface disinfectants continues to rise, and P&G’s Kansas City plant (manufacturer of Dawn) has answered the call to help our first responders by starting up a brand-new production and supply chain of Spic and Span disinfectant in a matter of weeks – a process that can typically take a year or longer.
The plant, which also produces Dawn, Joy, Ivory and Gain dish soaps, now has the capacity to produce 6,000+ gallons per week for donations to first responders and for use in P&G plants across the North America manufacturing network. The initial donation to local responders and community groups in need was recently received by the Kansas City Mayor.
“My daughter is working on the front lines in a Kansas hospital and she has shared how they are struggling to get the supplies they need. I want to do what I can to help keep everyone's daughters and sons safe.”– Gil Lowry, Kansas City Plant, Power and Controls Technician.
Making Spic and Span was a challenge and more complex than it might seem for a company known for its cleaning products. The Spic and Span Professional formula managed by P&G – different from what consumers find on store shelves – isn’t normally produced in-house, and our Kansas City facility usually produces dish soap.
And yet, the multi-functional team figured out over one weekend how to creatively utilize available resources – like surplus dish soap bottles – to make a variation of the commercial formula and package the product in way that can be utilized by hospitals and first responders in need. Less than four weeks later, the team made its first donation of the disinfectant – along with purchased face masks and P&G-produced hand sanitizer.
“When we first began this work, I had technicians calling me and asking how they could help before I even had the chance to ask,” said Rachel Dougherty, the Kansas City plant manager. “Many on our team have friends and family members on the front lines of this crisis, working as nurses and doctors, and are eager to do whatever they can to help out.”