Dear Valued Airtex | Acme Made Customers, Vendors and Partners:
You’re assuredly well aware of the global COVID-19 pandemic caused by coronavirus and we’re writing you to let you know what we’re doing at Airtex|Acme Made. Our top priority is to do everything we can to protect the health of our employees and their families by doing our part to limit the spread of the disease, therefore we are following all guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Furthermore, we are adhering to all local and federal government mandates regarding the operation of our Minneapolis, Minnesota USA based factory.
We know that we may be called upon to produce essential medical supplies, therefore, at this time, our factory remains open and operational. Specifically, we are responding to inquiries for potential textile medical supplies manufacturing and are standing ready to convert production to items such as medical specific bedding, protective suits and medical bags. We have spread workstations to a minimum of six feet apart and are limiting gatherings to a few people at a time and only if totally necessary. We have implemented stringent cleaning protocols throughout the facility. We are asking all employees to stay home if they are not feeling well and will close the factory if there is a positive test of any of our employees. We are committed to protecting our employee’s wages if we face a shutdown and planning to do so is underway. We are receiving and shipping goods as scheduled for the time being, including importing raw materials and finished goods from our overseas partners.
Our office staff is working remotely and available for virtual meetings as needed. All company travel has been suspended and we’re monitoring the health of our team. We’re providing regular all company updates via virtual meetings. We’re trying to also include a few small fun things to this experience by having ‘best home office’ or ‘most disruptive pet at the home office’ picture contests, etc. in order to inject some positivity.
We feel extremely fortunate to have the team that we do at Airtex | Acme Made and are making daily operational assessments with their safety as the top priority. We will keep you informed of any changes that may impact our current ‘green light’ status. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Stay healthy and thank you!
Mike Miller l CEO and Mike Noer l President
Airtex’s northeast Minneapolis factory, historically a cut-and-sew shop for high-end linen draperies and other home products, added mask-making soon after COVID-19 struck.
Workers started crafting masks by hand, as they do other products at the plant. But to be competitive in the suddenly surging mask market, Airtex invested about $500,000 in new machinery to automate the process.