CSX: Distillery Customer Shifts To Making Hand Sanitizer

Longtime Liquor Producer Switches Production to Hand Sanitizer Formulated from High-Proof Alcohol

26 March, Norwood MA – CSX customer, M.S. Walker, a wine and spirits distributor and producer located in Norwood MA has converted some of its spirits blending capacity from its well-known brands to producing sanitizer to be donated for use by Boston-area first responders.

The company has converted their liquor production facility to make sanitizer using high-proof grain alcohol as a base {Universal Hub and reports from firefighters}.

The bulk of the company’s raw materials arrive by rail in tank cars {Beverage Journal, 2018}.

Founded in 1933, M.S. Walker has grown from a pharmacy in Boston’s south end, to a production and distribution facility in Readville, MA. In 2018, the company occupied new premises in Norwood, from which they distribute throughout the United States.

In light of the recent COVID-19 situation, we were able to pivot our production capabilities to focus on the production of hand sanitizer. Leveraging our supply of high-proof grain alcohol and expertise in developing formulas, we have ramped up production to provide more than 100,000 bottles of sanitizing solution – free of charge – to our team members, local first responders, and organizations in desperate need of hand sanitizer, which is currently hard to come by on store shelves. 

As a company, M.S. Walker prides ourselves in the deep connections that we have with our local community. From restaurants, who are suffering immensely throughout this unprecedented situation, and liquor stores to our employees, friends and families, community is what matters the most right now. Whatever our production capabilities allow us to do, we will do to play a small role in helping our community stay healthy and heal from this current life-altering event.

{email from M.S. Walker spokesperson, 03.Apr.20}

Norwood MA

Hand sanitizer rolls off the M.S. Walker bottling line. Fifth-quarts of schnapps have been pre-empted by the immediate need to keep first responders safe from Coronavirus, using every means available. M.S. Walker’s access to pure high-proof alcohol, expertise in formulating alcohol-based compounds, and desire to help the community in this emergency are just what the doctor (Fauci) ordered. Kudos! {M.S. Walker}