Entrepreneur Brothers Build Hand Sanitizer Stands to keep their Business Alive
Family-owned, event industry business donates sanitizer products to public schools and pivots to stay afloat.
Press Release for Immediate Release
SAN DIEGO – September 2020 – Entrepreneurs and brothers, Carlo and Mike Limatola, spent over 10 years building a successful event technology business working with clients like Tiffany & Co., Coca-Cola, and iHeartMedia, and are now manufacturing hand sanitizer stands as the pandemic has forced them to pivot.
In March, as the world was in the early stages of the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, their company, Fonteco Event Technologies, saw a flood of booked event cancellations. As future events worldwide were put on hold, revenues were brought to a stand still. As a result, the small, family-owned business had to cut costs, lay off employees, and reimagine their company.
With years of design, manufacturing and graphics related experience, they knew that they could produce products that could help their clients and others stay safe, help their business survive, and ultimately bring jobs back. Within weeks, they created their first hand sanitizer stand prototype that provided branding and customization opportunities for customers… Swan Sanitizers was born.
Over the next month, the brothers focused on building a product line-up, finding the best parts and suppliers, and creating great products that were made to withstand the pandemic. Besides basic and economical sanitizer stands, the pair built premium and customizable enclosed stands that could be used indoors or outdoors.
“As with many other entrepreneurs and business owners, the Covid pandemic was something we never could have imagined or planned for,” said Mike Limatola. “We quickly realized that live events were not going to come back anytime soon and that we needed to pivot in order to save our business that we spent over a decade building. After many weeks of strategizing, we decided that we could design and build sanitizer stands and stations that would be useful for many businesses and events in the near future.”
“With public schools across the U.S. closing and having difficulty safely re-opening, we also felt that we could play a small part in assisting a safe return for kids, school staff, and teachers. So, from day one we began our Public Schools Donation Program that helps us donate sanitizer, stands, stations and other products to public schools,” added Carlo Limatola. “We also hope to inspire other small business owners that are facing similar challenges.”
As businesses, schools, churches, offices, retail locations, restaurants, hotels, and even live events slowly reopen, hand hygiene and sanitizer stands will be a necessity and expected by employees, customers, and guests.
Many businesses are realizing that they will need long-term, more permanent sanitizing solutions for years to come. Swan Sanitizers specializes in permanent hand sanitizer stands, bulk orders, and custom branded sanitizer stations that are built to last.
About Swan Sanitizers: Swan Sanitizers provides and ships hand sanitizer stations, stands, and dispensers to businesses nationwide (swansanitizers.com or email email@example.com).
About Fonteco Event Technologies: Fonteco Event Technologies provides shareable and memorable photo and video experiences to virtual and physical events nationwide (fonteco.com).