Covid-19

 

Impact on our operations

On March 23, 2020, Governor Holcomb issued an Executive Order directing Hoosiers to Stay at Home (the “Order”) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, through April 7, 2020 (unless extended).

Essential Businesses and Operations are exempted from the required closures/travel restrictions. “Essential Businesses and Operations” includes businesses within the medical supply chain.  Fort Wayne Metals falls into this category and will remain open under this exception to the Order to support its customers, which produce components and materials which are utilized in medical devices.

 

Preventative Measures

During the current pandemic, protecting our people is our highest priority.

As a manufacturer of materials for life-saving medical devices, we also understand that maintaining production capabilities is critical. To that end, we have developed and implemented an action plan taking the following measures:

  • We are complying with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order by asking non-essential personnel to work from home.
  • We are suspending all visits to our facilities, even if they have already been scheduled. Exceptions will be made only for business-critical meetings that cannot be conducted remotely.
  • Employee travel between facilities has been limited, and face-to-face meetings replaced with video conferences.
  • Production shifts have been shortened, allowing all employees of one shift to leave our facilities before the next shift arrives.
  • We are actively developing contingency plans to maintain manufacturing capacity in the event of wide-spread illness. We are also maximizing the use of any open capacity to proactively manufacture materials in advance of their due date.
  • We have evaluated our inventory position for raw materials and determined to have ample supplies to maintain production in the event of supply stream disruptions.
  • We are providing guidance and documentation to critical suppliers affected by Stay at Home / Shelter in Place orders to help them continue operations.
  • Frequent, regular preventative cleaning measures have been instituted in office and production areas.
  • All business travel has been suspended, and quarantine requirements have been put in place for employees returning from business or personal travel to areas of high risk.
  • We have instituted mandatory training to make all of our employees aware of proper hand washing and hand sanitizing techniques.
  • Our employees have been made aware of how to proceed in the event of any emerging or suspected health issues connected to COVID-19.

Should the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic become more severe, we will update our response accordingly, and post any changes on this page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your Fort Wayne Metals representative.