Centuria Foods, a manufacturer of dietary supplements and
cannabidiol based in Carson City, has repurposed its facility on Arrowhead
Drive and its equipment to produce hand sanitizer in the ongoing fight against
Next week, the company will provide 100 gallons of its new
product to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, according to Dr. Jason
Hastings, the company’s senior director of science and manufacturing.
The production of hand sanitizer provides Centuria, which
also uses the name Nevada Labs for its dietary supplement production, an
opportunity to help the community in the fight against the pandemic and to keep
the local company’s staff gainfully employed, Hastings said Monday. Some
customers already had delayed production of their CBD oils, and the company’s
board of directors sought to keep its workforce on board, with some physically
on location and its non-essential employees working from home.
Hastings said Centuria had what it needed to create a viable
hand sanitizer on site out of its 55,000-square-foot facility on Arrowhead
already with its mixers, pump systems and half the ingredients necessary to
make it. The company filed with the Food and Drug Administration and received
the necessary guidelines to begin the process.
“We’re adapting to this COVID situation in a way that helps
our employees so they’re not sitting at home and … we’re producing something to
help with a critical need throughout the nation,” Hastings said.
With its equipment and infrastructure in place, Hastings
said the facility could make up to 1,000 gallons of sanitizer in a day if
necessary. For now, it will provide 100 gallons to the hospital, though
Hastings added his staff also has reached out to Carson City, the City of Reno
and Washoe County to gauge further potential interest.
The sanitizer was created with an FDA-approved formula that
consists of the proper concentrations of ethanol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide
and sterile distilled water to eliminate possible viruses it comes into contact
with, Hastings said. Centuria also has hydrometers in its facilities for batch
“It’s just a matter of every little bit helps and being
prepared is all that matters at this point,” he said. “We’re trying to get this
valuable resource out there to those who truly need it and want to be safe and
protected. We hope it has a good impact, and all I can say is I hope it helps
give people peace of mind going forward and some protection.”
Centuria was founded in 2014 by CEO Michael Brubeck.
Hastings is a native of Carson City and attended Carson High
School and the University of Nevada, Reno. He worked as a chief operating
officer and a director in microbiological and chemical testing positions in the
San Francisco Bay Area and Fremont, Calif. for companies including AEMTEK, Inc.
before returning to Northern Nevada recently and starting with Centuria Foods.
His wife and family also came from the area and have enjoyed the growth, and
Hastings said Centuria was an opportunity to return from the Bay Area.
“It’s a great city and it’s nice being with family,” he
said, later adding, “This venture is maintaining our people and getting them
work to do. It’s nice for people to still be able to come and have work and
still get paid.”