First Person: Handling Plant Shutdowns and Re-Openings During the Pandemic
Friday, July 10, 2020
AD: The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused some manufacturing plants to temporarily suspend — wholly or in part — their operations because of employees suffering illness. What — and who — is involved in coordinating the suspension of operations?
Vetter: To my knowledge, I don’t believe that we have seen this type of activity happening within our food and consumer products clients’ operations. In fact, what we are experiencing is a ramp up in production on their existing lines. Lines that had some, or even significant amounts of idle time in their production schedule prior to COVID-19, have now been replaced with increased production time in order to meet the higher demand of keeping food on the grocery store shelves, especially ready-to-eat (RTE) foods as well as household cleaning products, disinfectants, hand sanitizer, and toiletries.