UPDATED: More woodworking industry coronavirus disruptions and cancellations

All aspects of public life are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the most recent closings and disruptions in wood products and related industries.

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Wood components manufacturer Art For Everyday Inc. announced it will reopen its manufacturing in stages beginning April 27, with plans to resume full production by mid-May. The Toronto-based company temporarily shut down its operation on March 24 to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Originally postponed until June, the High Point Market Authority announced on April 16 that the spring High Point Market has been cancelled. The Fall Market will take place Oct. 17-21.

Ashley Furniture has laid off a "small portion" of its workers in Arcadia, Wisconsin. It temporarily closed some of its manufacturing and distribution operations in Mississippi and reduced its workforce in others.

As of mid-April, Osborne Wood Products has moved more than half of its workforce to remote work environments and implemented social distancing protocols to continue to meet the needs of customers. They expect no disruptions in service at this time.

Brown Wood Inc. has implemented social distancing guidelines at its Lincolnwood, Illinois, distribution facility, with sales and marketing staff working remotely. Brown Wood continues to provide  American made, custom wood components to manufacturers throughout the United States, with quick ship and low minimums for custom wood work during the pandemic. Their Designs of Distinction stock line is generally shipping within 24 hours.

In mid-April, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance announced that it will hold its summer conference virtually due to the spread of COVID-19 and requests by government leadership to shelter-in-place. This event, previously intended to be held in Chicago, will be hosted on Zoom for the convenience of participants. The event dates remain largely unchanged with the conference taking place Tues., June 23 through Thurs., June 25. Registration for the virtual Summer Conference will open the week of May 4.

Wood furniture maker Lorts Manufacturing will cease all production due to a stay at home order mandated by the state of Arizona. Operations will be ceased until April 30. New orders will be taken, but production won't start until April 30. Employees will continue to be paid regularly.

Canadian furniture giant Palliser will close its main manfacturing facility in Winnipeg for two weeks beginning March 30. It will also begin efforts to close its Mexican facilities. 72 percent of the company's workers will be laid off.

Because of the escalating nature of the COVID-19 emergency, the State of New York has issued a mandatory order for 100 percent of all non-essential business employees to stay home. Oneida Air Systems has suspended manufacturing operations while they wait for it to be safe for some employees to return to work. Customers with an urgent need for an Oneida Air Systems product (medical related or other “essential business” functions) are advised to contact their sales representative so that they can explore all options.

Charles G.G. Schmidt is open for business with key people coming into work to take orders for tooling, accessories and technical advice. Email sales@cggschmidt.com

The American Chestnut Foundation has closed its national office, Regional Science Coordinator remote offices and Meadowview Research Farms. All staff outside of the farm are currently working from home, with a dedicated staff member coming in one day a week to process mail at the Asheville office. Additionally, all in-person events for TACF have been cancelled or postponed.

Thermwood has been classified as an essential business for their involvement in critical manufacturing, logistics and the defense industrial base. As such, they are operating as normally as possible to support their customers. Thermwood is available to support and assist via phone, email and virtual service. See http://thermwood.com

Allmoxy has postponed its spring user conference and sales and training meetings. These events are not yet rescheduled. The number of new users have risen as “hands off” online sales increase in popularity.

Weinig Holz-Her is offering discounted service rates for keeping customer’s Weinig machine running at full potential. Their factory trained technicians are prepared to safely work onsite following CDC and WHO guidance. Contact http://service@weinigusa.com

Taurus Craco Machinery Inc. has temporarily shut down its sales and administrative operations for 14 days. The company’s Technical Service Department will be open to serve customers upon request.

C.R. Onsrud is currently open and serving its customers. As a supplier to multiple companies which are classified as mission critical business for national security under Presidential Policy Directive 21, C.R. Onsrud is manufacturing new machinery, shipping parts to customers, and available via our 24/7/365 support lines in order to keep our customers’ CNC machines in full operation at all times. As a business manufacturing equipment (CNC Machinery) that enables the essential manufacturing of products currently in demand during this COVID-19 crisis C.R. Onsrud is remaining in operation to support essential businesses that rely on our equipment and services to ramp up production of these items needed; such as hospital beds, aluminum processing equipment, plastics processing, medical equipment, emergency transportation vehicles, aerospace products, defense projects, and the wood products industry. C.R. Onsrud is following in accordance with the CDC and WHO workplace guidelines and has transitioned non-manufacturing support staff that can effectively work from home to remote support.

As more states enact stay-at-home orders, Grizzly facilities remain open and operational as an essential business that supplies hardware, tools, machinery, home improvement supplies, and repair services to support critical local and national government efforts and other essential business sectors. Additionally, to help their community in the actual fight against the spread of COVID-19, Grizzly has donated its entire inventory of nitrile gloves to local hospitals and is bringing in shipments of masks to be donated as well.

Doing their part to support the fight against Covid 19, Patwin Plastics has allocated some of their manufacturing resources into making face shields and valves for the health care industry. Patwin extrudes plastic profiles for the building products and wood working industries, but is using their expertise in a different manner. They are 3D printing some components, fabricating clear plastic shields and assembling them.

Residential furniture giant La-Z-Boy laid off 6,800 workers - or around 70 percent of its total workforce. It also implemented major salary cuts for its remaining staff. All stores will be temporarily closed.

New dates have been announced for the 45th CIFF Guangzhou 2020. Originally scheduled for March, CIFF Guangzhou will now be held July 18-21 (Home Furniture/Home Décor/Outdoor Leisure) and July 27-30 (Office Show and CIFM/interzum guangzhou) in Pazhou, Guangzhou.

Interzum Bogota 2020 has been postponed to February 2-5, 2021. Produced by Koelnmesse, Interzum Bogota showcases machinery, supplies and services for the furniture/wood products industry in Colombia, the Andean region and Central America. Interzum Bogota was formerly known as Feria Mueble & Madera.

WBRC-TV in Birmingham reported that MasterBrand Cabinets in Talladega, Alabama, closed after an employee reportedly had contact with a coronavirus patient. The plant was being cleaned and disinfected and plans to reopen.

As more states enact stay-at-home orders, Grizzly facilities remain open and operational as an essential business that supplies hardware, tools, machinery, home improvement supplies, and repair services to support critical local and national government efforts and other essential business sectors. Additionally, to help the community in the actual fight against the spread of COVID-19, Grizzly has donated its entire inventory of nitrile gloves to local hospitals and are bringing in shipments of masks to be donated as well.

Grizzly will continue to support customers while enabling most of administrative, call center, and office staff to work remotely. Grizzly distribution employees continue to receive, pick, pack, and ship orders and our retail sales staff are on hand to facilitate local shopping and pickup.

While Oneida Air Systems continues to support customers with dust collection products, they are preparing to utilize their design, engineering, and 3D modeling through production capabilities in other ways to support healthcare and other essential businesses and services at this critical time. If you are connected to an organization that needs any of the following goods or services in order to help combat COVID-19, contact them at support@oneida-air.com.

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