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When life hands you lemons, make hand sanitizer – with Mike Harting of 3 Daughters [video]

Megan Holmes

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce presents: Coronavirus Impact Insights

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, Mike Harting, owner of 3 Daughters Brewing, joins us to share an update on his business and explain 3 Daughters’ unique way of help the community by making hand sanitizer. Harting also makes a call for donations and connections to help 3 Daughters purchase the raw materials needed to make the sanitizer.

Like bars, restaurants and breweries across the country, 3 Daughters came to a grinding halt last week. Mitigation efforts closing brewery tasting rooms (aside from to-go purchases) have sent distribution to a halt. Harting projects that in the next 30 days, 3 Daughters will lose 90-95 percent of its revenue. Harting has already laid off 52 of 57 employees. Now, the goal for this difficult process is just to be in business when it’s over. “We’re keeping the engine running at idle,” Harting says, “so when we hear go, we can open the doors and start canning beer again.”

As one of the largest craft brewers and distributors in Tampa Bay, 3 Daughters Brewing is equipped with a lab and has a biochemist on staff. In conversations with the 3 Daughters team, they realized they had the capability to make hand sanitizer with the raw materials already stored in the brewery. To date, 3 Daughters has made over 4000 containers of sanitizer, and has had an overwhelming response from the community in terms of need. So much so, they have used up all of their raw materials and containers.

Now, the brewery is calling on large companies, leaders and individuals to help them get the materials they need to create this hand sanitizer and distribute it to the people in the community who need it most: police officers, nurses, pharmacists and postal workers.

Do you or does a business you know carry large supplies of isopropyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide, or have containers that are hand sanitizer-sized? Are you part of a business or foundation that can write big checks to help those in need?  If so, contact 3 Daughters by email: mike@3dbrewing.com.

For more small business resources visit: https://www.stpete.com/resource-guide-for-coronavirus-covid-19/

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