Currently, all GROWMARK crop nutrient, crop protection, seed, energy, and equipment facilities are operating with full staff and on normal operating hours. GROWMARK has instituted proactive steps to ensure the continued operation of our facilities during this critical time including the implementation of personal hygiene precautions at our terminals such as the addition of driver protocols to limit personal contact with facility employees, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices, limiting face-to-face interaction, and implementing personal distancing protocols. As you are aware, good hygiene and social distancing are key to slowing the progression of this disease. All of this has been done to best ensure the continued safe operation of our various distribution sites.
Processes that are specific to a certain location will be posted at the facility so that drivers, employees, and customers are made aware of those specific practices.
We have also made clear to employees that anyone who does not feel well should notify their supervisor and go home, and not return to work until they are better. This will help limit any potential spread of the disease within the facility.
We have also contacted key suppliers to begin establishing alternative supply sources should we experience a severe disruption of our internal network. Obviously, those sources have the potential to be impacted as well but this proactive outreach limits our overall risk exposure.
GROWMARK employees are also in communication with the various industry associations, state, local and national leadership, congressional representatives, and regulatory agencies to impress upon them the critical role that agriculture and its associated supply chains play, both economically and from a national security perspective. We are working hard to ensure these supply chains remain open and unimpacted by policies that may be implemented in the attempt to further slow the spread of COVID-19.
Mark Orr, Vice President of Agronomy
Carol Kitchen, Vice President of Energy and Logistics