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Holland company helps students stay sanitized this school year

The company is building custom hand sanitizer dispensers for classrooms and buses.

HOLLAND, Mich — Sanitation stations have popped up all over as a result of COVID-19. Now a Holland company, specializing in industrial dispenser products, is trying to make the system more affordable and efficient, just in time for students returning back to school.

GP Reeves Inc. has been in business since 1971, and recently shifted their focus to producing hand sanitizer dispensers, to help businesses, schools and other areas stay safe.

"We really innovated on the current old model on buying specific cartridges or bags to refill your hand sanitizer, which are in short supply right  now. So, we shifted to a universal supply model where you can get hand sanitizer from anywhere," General Manager Wade Halma said.

The line, named Defense Dispense, features touch-less stations, which can cater to sizes for table tops, standing space or even on a school bus. 

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"They’re requiring it not only in the buildings but on the buses, so we have a transportation system kit and mounting. We'll be able to put the touch-less dispensers right onto the buses," Halma explained.

Each dispenser can be powered in five different ways: battery powered, wall plug-in, car auxiliary plug, directly wired into transportation systems, and solar powered.

"This is such an ubiquitous need," Halma said, "...everybody needs hand sanitizer right now."

The dispensers can also be customized for branding for to show off school spirit. Institutions like Wayne State University and Marion University have already ordered some in their school colors and names.

"I think you get a lot of pride in seeing something that’s a part of your team. Which is why we’re offering a 30% discount for all non profits," Halma said.

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In addition to employing local students as workers to build the dispensers, GP Reeves Inc. is also employing the help of their safety representative, Sammy Sanitizer.

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The dispenser, complete with eyes, hands and tennis shoes will be used to help young students learn about health safety. Sammy Sanitizer's Scoop includes three safety guidelines: 

  1. Wear your mask
  2. Sanitize your hands
  3. Keep your distance

Halma said Sammy Sanitizer may make a few appearances in local schools this school year with his "friends."

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