Coquitlam-based AG Hair is shifting to hand-sanitizer production, both for sale to the public and distribution to health authorities like Vancouver Coastal Health, to frontline personnel, and to the vulnerable.
The company will produce its Hands Free hand sanitizer gel and sanitizer spray in its 70,000-square-foot manufacturing headquarters in Coquitlam, with a projected first delivery mid-April.
The sanitizers are licensed for sale in both Canada and the U.S. and will be available to the public for purchase through the company website and Amazon.com. In addition to the supply to health authorities, 10 percent of sanitizer production will go toward supporting frontline health personnel and those most vulnerable.
The factory is already certified by Health Canada and the FDA as an over-the-counter drug production facility and a Health Canada natural-health-product facility.
AG has converted its entire manufacturing capacity to the urgently needed products.
The company has also announced it will leverage its global manufacturing contacts to source badly needed medical supplies like N95 surgical masks, disposable gloves, and other personal protective equipment.
Founded here in 1989 by John and Lotte Davis, AG Hair has built to an international force, and is the largest independent manufacturer of professional hair-care products in Canada.