OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — GP Reeves, a manufacturer of hand sanitizer dispensers based in Ottawa County, has created a new line of dispensers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wade Halma, general manager of GP Reeves, said the Defense Dispense line was designed to operate as a standalone system within a school or other public space.
"We added this product line to help out," Halma said. "What it also did, which we were pleased with, is employ more people in our community."
Halma said GP Reeves was providing the new dispensers to a number of schools and facilities across the United States. He highlighted five ways the dispensers improved on other lines:
Additionally, the company had been using the product line's mascot, Sammy Sanitizer, to teach children about the importance of hygiene.
"We saw quite a few schools and universities buying these units, and we looked at, 'How do we not only just help with the product, but provide an additional educational benefit?'" Halma said.
The company posts photos on Instagram from the mascot as he travels.
Halma said the company was offering a 30% discount on its systems to help spread the word and increase the number of hand sanitizer units in public spaces.