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Ugly Dog Distillery transitions to hand sanitizer production

Photo by Susan Frederick. Ugly Dog Distillery Manager Rob Mida and distiller Kyler McGregor.

By Lisa Carolin

Amidst all the tragedies during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are uplifting stories of all the people and businesses stepping up to help.

Chelsea’s Ugly Dog Distillery is helping the community with its decision to transition its distillery into a hand sanitizer production facility.

“It’s been a smooth transition, and we’ve been able to keep our full staff working,” said Rob Mida, manager of the Ugly Dog Distillery, who was born and raised in Chelsea. “We’ve been inundated by people from health care facilities, senior living communities, emergency responders, who need hand sanitizer.”

That includes the St. Louis Center.

Last week, the St. Louis Center was down to its last few ounces of Purell, which has been on backorder. St. Louis Center Public Relations Director Joe Yekulis says the St. Louis Center has 75 residents and more than 100 employees.

Photo by Susan Frederick.

“All I had to do was pull up to the back door of the distillery, identify myself, and they took care of me right away,” says Yekulis. “We really appreciate their spirit of community service to keep our environment and employees safe.”

“We plan to give back to the community until our supply runs out,” said Mida, who says that the distillery uses the same ingredients on a daily basis that are needed for the FDA approved hand sanitizer.

“We’re doing our best to manage supply and demand, and want to thank all the local businesses for supporting us and the local population, and for the amount they’re donating when they come to get hand sanitizer, which goes toward buying more supplies,” he says.

Photo by Susan Frederick.

Ugly Dog Distillery, which is located at 218 S. Main St. in Chelsea, is currently open 2-8 p.m. weekdays and from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, handing out containers of hand sanitizer at its front door and filling bulk orders for local businesses at its back door.

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3 thoughts on “Ugly Dog Distillery transitions to hand sanitizer production”

  1. I picked up a bottle of a sanitizer over a week ago. Be sides giving me the bottle free, the guys were so friendly and fun. They definitely enjoyed what they were doing which was uplifting to everyone who came in. I felt bad as I don’t support their business because I don’t drink. So I bought a great Ugly Dog t shirt!

  2. Way to go Rob Mida! You and your staff have stepped up to do what you can during this terrible epidemic. Thank you for hanging in there and helping others. Hopefully people will support you and help Ugly Dog stay afloat through all of this.

  3. Hi, my name is Devanie Nabozny. I would like to order some sanitizer for my business the Hairspot. We are located in AnnArbor and need to be ready to open when we get the word! Do I just come during working hours or order first? Thank you!!!

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