Dear Valued Partners and Customers,
As our global, national and regional communities adjust to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to provide an update to our business partners and customers. In accordance with our Governor’s proclamation on March 20th that Illinois is under a Shelter-in-Place order through at least April 7th, we have stressed the importance to our employees that they stay at home and follow “social distancing” guidelines. As part of the Shelter-in-Place order, the Governor has stated that certain businesses can, and should, continue to operate if they provide products that are critical to the supply chain. With that in mind, Bison plans to remain open and operational based on our best understanding of “Essential Operation”.
The US Department of Homeland Security has defined what it considers to be “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response”. Basically, this is a list of jobs in industries that would be allowed, or in some cases required, to remain open. Bison manufactures products which serve many of these industries including, Healthcare/Public Health (blood testing equipment), Food & Agriculture (ice, beverage, food processing and sanitation services), Transportation & Logistics (railway, conveyor and distribution equipment), Information Technology (hospital communications) and Critical Manufacturing (machines used in the production medical systems and to support energy transmission).
Based on these guidelines Bison Gear & Engineering will remain open, continuing to design, manufacture and ship products. The safety, health and wellness of our employees, partners and customers remains our number one priority at Bison Gear & Engineering, and we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation closely. We have established and implemented the following policies from our best judgement and public health organizations to maintain a safe work environment:
We will keep you posted of any new developments that would change these plans. Thank you for your business and continued support; we will make it through this unprecedented situation together.
Health, Safety and Best Regards to all,
Vice President of Marketing & Sales
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.