Tennessee Hills Distillery is in the Hand Sanitizer Business

Posted by Monica Hoel
Stephen and Jessica Curtis Callahan, both E&H Class of 2011, have been having great success distilling liquor: but now they’re doing their part to fight COVID-19.

Fans of Tennessee Hills Distillery in Jonesboro, Tennessee, are usually talking about the vodka, the lemon drop, the rum, or the specialty bourbon. 

But these days, everyone is raving about their hand sanitizer.

Tennessee Hills Distillery hand sanitizer.Tennessee Hills Distillery hand sanitizer.When concerns about COVID-19 struck, Jessica and Stephen quickly recognized an opportunity to help. After all, one of he main ingredients in hand sanitzer is alcohol.

So, the team at Tennessee Hills started producing hand sanitizer, and the first 1,000 bottles sold out in a hurry:  within 24 hours, all the bottles were gone.

One of the great aspects of this story is that they are donating proceeds to community organizations in need of support. Stephen is quoted in the article being surprised and grateful: “We’ve had an unbelievable response,” Callahan said. “I think we’re going to be able to help out a lot more people than we initially intended…”

Here’s a story run by the Johnson City Press on March 19, 2020.

 

On April 1, Stephen reports that they were just able to make their first donation to JAMA (Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association): $5,000 based on sanitizer sales. 

“We are now supplying thousands of gallons o a huge conglomerate of new customers ranging from Flyin J and Pilot to Ballad Health. We are also helping essentially every police and fire organization within 100 miles including TBI, homeland security, and even V-DOT.”

So if you see a police officer with an “airplane bottle” don’t be alarmed: it’s likely filled with hand sanitizer. “Most organizations give all their employees the mini bottles to carry and then we supply them with gallons to refill.”

Keep an eye on their webpage and their Facebook page to follow all the updated news.

  • Stephen Callahan, E&H Class of 2011, with his new distillery product: Hand Sanitzer.
“I think we’re going to be able to help out a lot more people than we initially intended…”
Stephen Callahan
E&H Class of 2011

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