Merck Makes Coppertone Sunscreen in Cleveland
The smell of summer brings to mind sunny beaches and relaxing poolside. But for employees at Merck's Cleveland plant, it's all in a days work, no matter the season. You might call Jennifer Geren and the other compounders-- the mixologists of Merck's Coppertone Sunscreen.
it's like a recipe you have in your kitchen, explains Geren. So it tells you exactly what to mix, how long, in what sequence, what temp to bring it to, when to cool it down and what to add.
Once those ingredients are mixed, the summertime serum sails through special tubes to bottling central where advanced technology is front and center. The bag that will eventually hold the sunscreen is wrapped tight around the bottom of the valve so it fits in the metal Coppertone bottle.
Bag on valve is actually a valve on the container with a bag on the inside of the can, says Plant Manager Jeff Allar. We fill that product into the bag and pressurize the can with compressed air.
This machine fills the sunscreen and adds the pressure. It goes through and then it puts the neck band on the top of it, Betty Gregg says. The seal where you pull it off to make sure it's good.
Once the bottles are capped, they are checked, wrapped and shipped and on their way to a store shelf near you. Mike Craig says, You've always wondered where things come from on the shelf and it's kind of weird to say I know what goes in them and how it's made."
It makes you feel wonderful, Geren says, because what you are making here is actually out in the market and hopefully you see some things that are sold and people are actually using your product."
The plant opened back in 1979 and started out as a Dr. Scholl's manufacturer, but has added new products ever since.
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