Guidance Opening Sanitizer Production Stirs Firms Including Anheuser-Busch, Dow, Kodak
Dow Chemical, Anheuser-Busch and Kodak designate manufacturing for hand sanitizers and donate products to fight COVID-19. Dow is making up to 15 tons of sanitizer a day while Kodak donates formulas to New York's “NYS Clean” sanitizer distribution program.
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