Two weeks into production, Cooper and his small team of employees are working around the clock bottling, packing, and labelling hand sanitizer to fulfill the huge backlog of orders. He figures they’ve put 10,000 30ml bottles into the Guelph community for personal use and several hundred of the larger size milk bottles to health-care workers and facilities. He is so busy he does not have time to think about the 85% revenue loss COVID-19 is having on Spring Mill’s monthly sales. Some days tears come from exhaustion; the next, sadness seeps in after listening to stories of thanks from front-line workers. After a full-day at the distillery, Cooper brings hundreds of bottles home and labels them with his fiancée and in-laws while eating dinner and watching TV —many nights losing track of time and working long past midnight.
“You get really choked up when people tell you how much the work you are doing means to them,” says Cooper. “It feels so great to have the opportunity to help our community. I’m looking forward to the moment the dust settles and we can sip a strong stiff drink, just reflect, and think back to this crazy time.”
Spring Mill Distillery is donating any proceeds from this program back into the Guelph community.