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University of Nebraska helping make hand sanitizer shipped across the state

Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.
Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.(KSNB)
Published: Jun. 11, 2020 at 11:21 AM CDT
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Thursday afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts declared this month renewable fuels months. He spoke about the University of Nebraska and Green Plains Inc. efforts to make hand sanitizer for the state.

"We know hand sanitizer has been in short supply and the University and Green Plains has been working together to make this happen," said Ricketts.

110,000 gallons of hand sanitizer has already been created on the Lincoln campus. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said they've raised $50,000 dollars through a public crowdfunding campaign for the project which was double their goal. Carter said shipments of the hand sanitizer has already been sent to the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and now they're sending it to meatpacking communities including Fremont and Columbus. Next they'll be sending the sanitizer to daycares and Nebraska schools.

"The real stars of this are our faculty. They are doing this on top of their regular jobs," Carter said. They recognized the urgent need, stepped up and worked literally around the clock to make this happen.

"We know we're helping everyone and this also helps our rural economies," added a spokesperson for Green Plains Inc.

Right now their products are being shipped all over the world to help for use in cleaning supplies.

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