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Vaping manufacturer switches to hand sanitizer

Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 19:08:22-04

CARMEL – A central Indiana man has stopped producing e-cigarette products and shifted his production to hand sanitizer.

Using FDA-approved ingredients, Shadi Khoury had to triple his workforce from nine to 30 workers to keep up with the demand.

"I couldn't see this coming in ever in my life,” he said. “We've made an impact to get them, first responders what they need.”

In the past three weeks, the business has donated more than 4,000 1-ounce bottles of sanitizers.

Before the stay-at-home order, Khoury operated 11 vaping stores. The IU graduate sees the day when vaping and hand sanitizers may share space in his stores.

"I don't think hand sanitizers are not going anywhere,” he said. “I feel as a society to our personal hygiene and cleanliness.”

On its website, Sugar Creek is accepting requests from first responders in need of sanitizers.