SEKISUI KYDEX Official Response to COVID-19

Monday, January 18, 2021

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impact

Dear SEKISUI KYDEX partner, 

We are off to a difficult start in 2021, as hundreds of thousands more infections continue to be reported each day. And as the new variants start to spread,  abundant caution is still the key. Since there is no short-term relief, it reinforces our strong belief that precautions and diligence are still required to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. At SEKISU KYDEX we are continuing our diligent focus on maintaining the safety and health of our employees while continuing to meet the needs of our customers. We continue to update protocols to stay in compliance with CDC and state guidelines, and are actively monitoring the COVID-19 news as it relates to our employees, our customers, and our suppliers. To date we have been able to continue all our operations.    

Please reference this weekly situation report, or as we used to say in the Navy, our weekly SITREP, for the current status of our supply chain, production, lead times, etc. 

January 18, 2021 Status: 

Bloomsburg Campuses: GREEN
Holland Campus: YELLOW 

Summary: All plants are operational, although production at our Holland facility (ALLEN® brand) has been slowed by production staffing shortages. In Bloomsburg (KYDEX® brand), absences have not impacted lead times.    

Employees:  The Holland, MI facility has two employees out for COVID-19 related issues but is currently short staffed due to open production positions, for which we are actively hiring. In Bloomsburg, we have one positive case and multiple people out for preventative quarantine. All on-site personnel are wearing masks and following other best-practice protocols. All employees who can work from home will continue to do so, as has been our practice since March.     

Customers: Please contact our Customer Collaboration Team for specifics related to your order. If there are any issues with your order, Customer Collaboration will reach out proactively. 

Suppliers: In the past week we have been notified of a likely future outage on some specific grades of ABS, and greatly extended lead times on some grades of PVC capping. If there are any issues with your order, Customer Collaboration will reach out proactively. Additionally, ABS and PVC resin prices continue to rise almost every month due to market shortages. 

Shipping: Shipping is operating normally at this time. Our dedicated trucks for the Holland, MI facility are fully operational. International shipping (ocean/air) is still tight, but we have experienced very few delivery issues, and Customer Collaboration will contact you in the event of any impact to your delivery.     

Management: The Senior Management Team continues to meet daily (remotely) to monitor the situation and to update our plans as needed.        

Please reach out to your SEKISUI KYDEX contact if you have any questions.   

Thank you,  

Justin Noll | Vice President, R&D and Supply Chain

T: +1.570.387.6997 x648