Army Special Forces Veteran and Mississippi Business Owner Answers Call: Speedbox Sells Hand Sanitizer by the Gallon for Local Businesses

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As a former Green Beret with the U.S. Army Special Forces during Operation Enduring Freedom, Matthew Summers knows firsthand what it means to step in and aid his country during a time of need. Thirteen years after his tour, Summers is a successful entrepreneur and business owner who has once again found a way to serve his country amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

As a former Green Beret with the U.S. Army Special Forces during Operation Enduring Freedom, Matthew Summers knows firsthand what it means to step in and aid his country during a time of need. Thirteen years after his tour, Summers is a successful entrepreneur and business owner who has once again found a way to serve his country amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2014, Summers has designed, patented and started selling his Speedbox modular container system to both military and civilian clients through his Mississippi-based company, Speed Box, LLC. In early March, as concern over the spread of COVID-19 in America began to increase, it became apparent to Summers that his military vendors were in dire need of something else – hand sanitizer.

Summers immediately switched gears, organizing suppliers and quickly establishing a dependable supply chain that would allow him to supply hand gel-based sanitizer by established producers to the US Department of Defense and his military vendors. He retrofitted his Ridgeland-based assembly facility into a distribution center and lined up deals with FedEx and other local small businesses to facilitate drop shipping operations -- something completely new to the company. In less than a week, Speedbox began filling orders to VA hospitals, military bases and base supply stores from coast to coast.

This week, as Mississippi prepares to reopen its economy under new precautionary guidelines, including providing hand sanitizer to customers, Summers is now making his supply available to the general public and starting here in MS.

“Hand sanitizer is in really high demand but it’s incredibly difficult for small business to procure at the moment. If you order from Amazon or anywhere online at the moment, they can’t ship until June in most instances. Unlike them, we have supply in our Ridgeland warehouse and are fulfilling orders daily,” Summers said, “Being a Mississippi company, I think this is a great opportunity for us to work with our community.”

The gel-based hand sanitizer is produced by a full-time hand sanitizer manufacturer. It contains 70% alcohol and is labeled to remove 99.9% of bacteria found on hands. The hand sanitizer can be purchased in individual gallon-sized bottles or 3-gallon cases through the company’s website, Speedbox.us. Summers says the orders will ship within 1-3 business days.

For more information on Speedbox or to place an order, visit https://www.speedbox.us/ or contact Matt Summers by email at summers@speedbox.us or phone by calling 910-964-7947.

More About Speedbox

Based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Speedbox has supplied both military and civilian clients with rugged, roto-molded interlocking containers since 2006. Its products are used by Army Special Forces, Navy EOD, and Air Force Pararescue Jumpers. Speedbox founder Matthew Summers served honorably as a Green Beret with the US Army Special Forces from 2002-2007 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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