4-09-2020 3:00 PM

Update April 9, 2020

Bohn and Dawson continues to monitor the COVID 19 situation on a daily basis and plans to return to normal operations effective April 13, 2020 as indicated on the April 6, 2020 update.   Employees should return to work on the same shift they were scheduled on prior to shut-down on March 30, 2020 unless contacted by Human Resources and provided a different shift.

Based on guidance published by the CDC and federal, state and local health authorities, Bohn and Dawson has implemented new cleaning and social distancing policies that will be in effect upon your return to work.  Below is a summary of new social distancing and cleaning policies that have been implemented and will be enforced as part of our safety policy.  Upon your return to work more guidance on the policies will be provided.

  1. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
    1. Equipment has been moved to accommodate social distancing and / or the number of operators working on specific line will be limited to ensure proper social distancing is maintained.
    2. All management and union employees are expected to be stewards of enforcing social distancing during employee breaks, while performing equipment setup, maintenance of machines and any other situation that place employees in a  position that would violate the 6 feet social distancing guidelines.
    3. Employee breaks will be modified to have fewer employees on break at one time to help with social distancing.
  2. Any employee operating machinery will be required to clean equipment touch points at the beginning of each shift or before working on another piece of equipment during the same shift.
    1. Cleaning supplies have been placed in close proximity to machinery to allow for new cleaning policies.
  3. Employees will be required to wear gloves.
    1. Gloves to be disposed prior to going to break and replaced with new/clean gloves before returning to work.
    2. Hands to be washed prior to break and prior to returning to work.
  4. A dedicated cleaning person will be assigned to each shift to clean common areas multiple times per shift.
  5. Employees will enter the building through the doors by the line counter desk upon arrival to work and will exit through the door by the break room.
    1. Employees should remain in their car until 15 minutes prior to shift start
    2. Employees should maintain 6 feet apart when clocking in and out.
    3. Exceptions will be made if an employee clocks in a few minutes late due to social distancing.

 

Additional employee safety guidance:

  1. If you have any of the following health conditions do not come to work.  Contact your doctor and follow his/her recommendations.
    1. Fever
    2. Cough
    3. Shortness of breadth
  2. Emergency warning signs for COVID 19 include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse or bluish lips or face.  If experiencing any of these conditions seek medical attention immediately.
  3. Bohn and Dawson will be following the new federal laws regarding Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.
    1. New posters have been placed on our communication bulletin boards explaining the new laws.
    2. If you have any questions about these laws please contact Human Resources.
  4. Currently not required by Bohn and Dawson but employees are encouraged to wear face masks for their protection.

 

Stay safe and wash your hands frequently.

Greg Bowman

VP Finance

 

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4-02-2020 10:00 AM

Bohn and Dawson employee update April 2, 2020:

 

Effective Monday April 13, 2020 Bohn and Dawson will resume operations.  The same shift schedule that was place prior to the shut-down will start up Monday April 13 at 5:30 am.   Employees should report to the shift they were working prior to shut down unless Human Resources has directed otherwise.

 

Monday through Thursday – starting April 13

1st shift: Monday through Thursday 5:30 am to 3:30 pm

2nd shift: Monday through Thursday 4:30 pm to 2:30 am

 

Friday through Sunday – starting April 17

3rd shift: Friday through Sunday 5:15 am to 5:00 pm

4th shift: Friday through Sunday 5:15 pm to 5:00 am

 

If you have any questions you can contact human resources.

 

Best Regards,

 

Greg Bowman, CPA, CGMA

Vice President Finance

 

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3-27-2020 12:00 PM

From: Brad Watson
To: ALL
Subject: Next 2 Weeks

 

Team,

As we go through the next two weeks I want to let everyone know that the plant will still be open and the lights still on.  I believe at this point everyone has been contacted about your personal decision on working or time off.

The next 2 weeks will look much like a typical inventory event with some operations still taking place.  Some operators are being contacted to work with the same voluntary decisions that we all have.  We plan production on first shift 6:30 – 4:30 Monday – Thursday for the next 2 weeks in order to supply some critical components to our customers that remain open and in need of our product.  We will be working very hard on deep cleaning as well as implementing new cleaning and PPE procedures that will go into place for the foreseeable future.

Our goal is to establish the safest possible working conditions while continuing to supply our customers with the critical components they need.

Best Regards,

 

Brad A. Watson

President

 

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3-26-2020 6:00 PM

Covid 19 Notice click here.

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3-23-2020 4:30 PM

Wash your hands! It’s the best safe guard, Click here.

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3-22-2020 11:30 AM

Dear BnD:

First and foremost, I want to thank you all for working in these challenging times.  The last year has been challenging, and now COVID-19 is challenging us beyond anything we’ve ever seen or experienced in our lifetime.  You are truly remarkable people to work with!
At this time, we will remain open as long as we can practice good hygiene and social distancing.  I CAN’T STRESS YOUR SAFETY ENOUGH!  It’s proven, it works, and it is now the law.  Wash your hands with soap and water, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay 6 feet apart at all times, and if you feel sick, stay home and self quarantine to protect you and your loved ones.
Our work is being verified with our customers as to the essential nature of the products we produce, we are also remaining open with goods in transit, and protecting the business itself.  If for any reason you feel unsafe please stay home.  We are doing what we need to do under advice from our legal counsel.
In these challenging times, we will continue to communicate via email, our website, and our employee call in line (636/431-2281).  We will provide you with the necessary paperwork to have in your possession tomorrow.
Please keep in touch with us, and share this information with your fellow employees.  In these difficult and uncertain times, we remain strong and committed to coming through this together.
Stay safe, practice good hygiene, and thank you for all you do for Bohn and Dawson.
Very truly yours,
Steve Hurster
CEO
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3-21-2020 5:00 PM

Based on the recent announcements from St. Louis City, St. Louis County and the state of Missouri we will remain open until further notice.

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3-18-2020 1:00 PM

Welcome to our Employee central communication on our website. Please use this site, along with our call in line of 636/431-2281 to receive updates on our operations.

As you know, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve rapidly around the globe, the United States, and in Missouri.  Aggressive actions are being taken by leaders in the public and private sectors to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Over the last month, we have been taking aggressive and prudent actions, consistent with our plans, to protect your safety, as well as the safety of your families, while protecting our employees, our supply chain and our business.  Thank you for all of your efforts in keeping our business running safely.

As you might expect, we are not done.  As conditions change surrounding COVID-19, so too will our action steps under the plan.  Today, I am announcing another significant, proactive step in our plan to address COVID-19.  Beginning this past Monday and over the course of the next week, we will begin having a meaningful portion of our co-workers work from home until further notice.  We will continue to assess this timeline in the weeks ahead.  Needless to say, given the nature of our operations and the fact that Bohn and Dawson is part of the critical supply chain to the assembly lines of the companies we serve and the nature of our business, not everyone will be working from home.  For those who will continue to report to your respective work location each day, additional steps are being undertaken to protect your safety during this time as well.  Notably, reducing the number of co-workers in our locations is a key step in improving the safety for those of us remaining in our facilities.  We also will be announcing shift staffing levels to create a smaller work force per shift, along with separation between arrivals and departures.  In addition, we have enhanced cleaning practices and provided additional personal hygiene materials, among other things. We ask that you continue to do your part in good hygiene, (wash your hands!), social separation, (keep a 6’ distance between you and others), and cover your face and mouth when coughing and sneezing.

I also recognize that this is a significant change in how we have operated in the past.  While our transition to this different approach to working is clearly the right step, I am sure that we will have some issues that we will need to work through before we are functioning at 100%.  That is to be expected.  We will check and adjust and work together as a team to identify and resolve these issues in a timely fashion.  Importantly, no matter where we are working, we must remained focused on safety, including operational excellence and conservative decision making; we must continue to run our core business; we must continue to comply with all rules and regulations; we must remain diligent in our cybersecurity practices; and we must stay focused on accomplishing our business objectives for the benefit of our employees, our customers, and our suppliers.

Of course, the COVID-19 situation will continue to evolve.  As a result, our action steps may change as well.  I strongly encourage you to read the daily COVID-19 updates in the press to stay apprised of any changes in developments in our community.

In closing, I recognize we are living and operating in challenging times.  This can be unsettling.  I know that you are not only thinking about the task at hand at Bohn and Dawson, but you are concerned about your family, friends and other loved ones.  That is clearly understandable.  We will do everything we can to help you through this challenging period.  I will also repeat what I have said before.  Our organization is used to dealing with unforeseen challenges, yet time and time again we have been able to stay focused and accomplish our mission while addressing our co-workers’ needs.  As a result, it is not a time to panic.  Instead, it is a time to be proactive and take prudent steps in executing our plan.  It is a time to be agile and innovative to address unforeseen issues in a timely fashion.  It is a time to come even closer together as a team to work through this situation…”All-in.”  I am confident we will “weather this storm” as a company, as a community and as a country.  I am confident because I am blessed to work with incredible co-workers who are focused every day.  Thank you for remaining calm and focused, especially on safety, as you continue your daily work on-site or at home.

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve Hurster