March 23, 2020 | News
A Letter to Our Customers Regarding COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Cope Plastics, Inc. has been deemed an essential business operation per the state of Illinois and U.S. Government guidelines. As a manufacturer and distributor supplying products to businesses that support emergency services and critical infrastructures across the United States, we will remain open to fulfill such needs.
Cope Plastics, Inc. has set guidelines for our employees that meet or exceed the restrictions set by each state regarding social distancing, work-at-home, or shelter in place orders and will continue to follow those guidelines as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees under the manufacturing and distribution umbrella of services will continue to operate at their designated facility to meet the demands of our customers whose operations are critical and essential to the nation’s infrastructure. This guidance does not deter our commitment to employee safety and we will continue to monitor this situation on every level of operations.
If you’re looking for COVID-19 safety and medical materials, call 1-877-528-2594 to reach Joe Laaker or Linda Singleton in our Graphic Sales Department.
March 18, 2020
Cope Plastics, Inc. has a proprietary business continuity plan (“BCP”) that allows us to continue providing products and services to customers in the event of various catastrophes. The plan outlines substitute internal resources for personnel, facilities, materials, operations and systems should any of these entities become damaged, unusable, unavailable or inaccessible as a result of a disaster. Operations and/or employees affected by such an event may be moved to a different department or location in order to keep business running.
Cope Plastics has fabrication facilities in three geographically-distinct locales. In the event one facility is damaged or business is interrupted, Cope Plastics can move operations to an unaffected area, with an expected short-term interruption in operations. Likewise, Cope Plastics has eighteen geographically-separated warehouse/distribution centers so that operations and materials can be accessible for fabrication and distribution when and where needed. We partner with third-party vendors and we cannot guarantee that a significant business disruption on their part will not impact that part of our operations; however, we have multiple vendor relationships providing alternatives that allow us to minimize most interruptions.
In the event of a significant business disruption, information about the status of your orders and/or materials can be obtained by directly contacting your sales representative, completing our Contact Us form or by calling 800.851.5510.
March 13, 2020
At Cope Plastics, we understand that there are many uncertainties during this time concerning the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, including questions we have received surrounding how this might affect Cope Plastics and our supply chain.
Please be assured that, as it stands today, our supply chain appears to be very stable. The overwhelming majority of our supply channel partners manufacture product domestically and are operating at normal capacity. Although the travel ban between the United States and Europe does not currently affect goods and trade, it should be comforting to know that the majority of product we supply to the North American market is currently produced, by various methods, in the USA. We are also working with our vendor partners to ensure that they are taking steps to continue to closely monitor that all raw material sourcing remains available during this outbreak.
We continue to remain vigilant in monitoring updates from public health officials and government agencies so that we can make ongoing assessments. Our staff is in daily contact with our suppliers and monitoring the situation in our supply chain.
To limit the potential impact of COVID-19 on our employees, company operations, and valued customers, we are taking the following cautionary measures:
- Cope has initiated our BCP (business continuity plan) for pandemic response.
- All non-essential air travel is suspended for all employees
- All trade show attendance is suspended until further notice
- Employees are asked to limit nonessential travel to countries listed on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website
Cope is following all CDC recommended guidelines:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Staying at home when sick and seeking appropriate medical care
- Social Distancing
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