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Cleaning Products Firm Zep to Expand Capacity at 2 Plants

Zep is announcing plans to expand two of its production facilities as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates demand for cleaning and sanitation products.

Cleaning and sanitations solutions provider Zep Inc. is planning to expand its production capacity for disinfectants, sanitizers, and hand soaps at its manufacturing plants in Desoto, TX and Emerson, GA, the company announced in a release Tuesday. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Zep associates and technical support team have been working exceedingly hard to provide proper cleaning and sanitizing guidance to our customers and to meet the increased demand of disinfectants and hand sanitizing productions,” the firm’s chief executive officer, Dan Smytka, said in a statement. “We expect to see this demand continue, and these investments will expand our production capacity to ensure that Zep has the capabilities to continue helping our valued customers and their customers to stay safe during this pandemic.”

The company will boost hand sanitizer capacity at the Emerson facility with a range of new equipment that will increase productivity in every area of the plant’s operations, including blending, filling, and packaging.

In DeSoto, Zep intends to add new raw material storage and bulk blending capabilities to increase the site’s output of disinfectants. New high-speed filling lines will be installed that are configured for ready to use quarts, gallons, pails, drums, and totes. The company will also open a new warehouse facility at the site during the project. 

During the pandemic, Zep has released five new disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and soap products. 15 additional COVID-19-related products are slated to be released over the next few months.  

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