As the worldwide economy confronts the consequences of the coronavirus contagion, we felt that it was important to keep our specifying engineers, installing contractors and stocking distributors informed as to the internal steps that Milwaukee Valve is taking to address this issue.
In addition to the news of the day, several customers questioned the effect that the coronavirus might have on performance, lead times, inventory levels, etc. Milwaukee Valve and Hammond Valve owns two plants in China, and several product lines are manufactured in those facilities.
As with any production-related issue, timing was of extreme importance. The coronavirus first came to our attention shortly after the start of the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most-celebrated holidays throughout China. Chinese New Year ran from January 24 – February 3, when most workers return to their traditional family homes, and during when most manufacturing is shut down throughout China.
Following the traditional celebrations, travel restrictions were implemented due to the virus preventing travel until February 17
. Obviously, this resulted in delays for workers attempting to return to their jobs. Our facilities remained shut down until February 18
, with shipments resuming several days after that.
It is important to note that, so far, we have had NO employees or family members infected, and the region where we are located is considered more stable. Our supply chain of an additional 75 sub-tier vendors is also back to work and supporting our needs.