Local business boosts employment and hand sanitiser supplies in the Hunter’s darkest hour

Local business boosts employment and hand sanitiser supplies in the Hunter’s darkest hour

At a time when employment and essential supplies of hand sanitiser are dropping drastically nationwide, the Hunter’s own Sirron Group has developed a two-prong solution to help the community in a time of dire need.

Sirron Group has made steadfast changes to adapt to the changing retail climate amid the developing COVID-19 Pandemic, with a new, quality hand sanitiser product developed and available with just a one-week turnaround.

Sirron Managing Director, Greg Gates, said he is proud to be a local company helping to supply these essential items across the nation.

“Our new product, Sure Shield Hand Sanitiser, is shipping around the country now,” he said.

“To adapt to the changing situation, we have developed a fresh focus on our chemical manufacturing division, Zexa Chemicals, to get this product out in the community as quickly as possible.”

Zexa’s new Sure Shield Hand Sanitiser is an alcohol-free liquid hand sanitiser that kills germs fast and remains active for longer on skin than alcohol gels.

The product is now available and can be ordered online via their website, with a 2-3 day shipping time.

“This move has provided continuity of employment as well as a new source of revenue,” he said.

“Not just to households but to major sites that have been severely hampered in their normal operations due to lack of supply of the regular product.”

He explained that the change in business model had not been inspired by revenue, but rather the desire to help the Hunter region and broader Australian community.

“We were used to a transaction size of about $8,000, through our Norris Commercial glass and dish-washing machine manufacturing division – we have replaced that with a $50 bottle of hand sanitiser in a bid to aid the community and boost employment,” he said.

“Three Sunday nights ago I couldn’t sleep, thinking about the impact of COVID-19 in other countries,” he said.

It was evident that the same fate was inevitable for Australia, and Greg was determined to take decisive action to do what he could to help his community.

Now in the second week of production, the product is helping not only the Hunter region, but the wider Australian community.

“So far we are ahead of our production target,” he said.

“We have amazing people who are working hard, and I am privileged to work with such wonderful people.

“I have been overwhelmed with messages of support from both people I know, and those I don’t, thanking us for our response. It’s nice to help.”

IMAGE | Sirron Holdings Group worker packing hand-sanitisers for shipping

Sirron Holdings Group

Sirron Holdings Group is based in Caves Beach, just south of Newcastle in NSW.

At heart, we are a manufacturer of quality commercial dishwashing machines – but we have expanded our services to support the additional needs of the kitchens we serve. All this has developed over time while achieving a balance between ethical, environmental and economic outcomes.

The Sirron Holdings Group now encompasses hospitality companies Norris Industries, Zexa Chemical Solutions, Butler Equipment and Mahatmacane Finance.

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