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Make flexibility the new normal
The second week of March is
when we realized we needed to
get in front of this and started putting
together our response plan. We quickly
worked to try to figure out how to keep
everybody safe and what we would do in
case someone became infected. We cleared
out the office, we put 30-minute breaks
between our shifts to make sure we didn't
have any overlap, and we brought in a lot
of PPE [personal protective equipment].
We cut out overtime-one person carrying
over from one shift to the next defeats the
purpose of having a break between the
shifts. We were fortunate that about a year
ago we implemented Microsoft Teams, so
we were way ahead of the game on video
conferencing. It was more luck
than anything, but we'll take it."

STAY FOCUSED ON
IMPROVING OPERATIONS
"We really haven't changed our mix of
business, not in the short term. We are not
big enough to be able to just shift and add

LEE CORNWELL
PRESIDENT AND CEO
BURLAN MFG. LLC
GASTONIA, N.C.

I would give all our staff an
'A' in this. We've thrown a lot
of stuff at them; we changed
how we operate in so many
drastic ways. They have really
taken it in stride.

a lot of new products in that kind of time
frame. Some of the things we thought we
could have an opportunity to get into in
the medical space I felt were going to be
more short-lived than anything. It would
eventually go away. So we have tried to
focus on improving our operations and how
we can better position ourselves coming out
of this by adding new products that would
benefit us more in the long run."

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Burlan Mfg. in Gastonia, N.C., installed plastic partitions (above) and regularly takes employees'
temperatures (right) to guard against coronavirus transmission. Photos: Burlan Mfg. LLC.

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"I would give all our staff an 'A' in this.
We've thrown a lot of stuff at them; we
changed how we operate in so many
drastic ways. They have really taken it in
stride. Some managers who were working
8 to 5 are now working third shift, doing
whatever they can. It's been awesome. We
haven't had any layoffs, as we've always
kept a strong balance sheet and can make it
awhile under these conditions. At the same
time, a lot of people enjoy their overtime,
and even though we've cut that out, no one
questioned it. They understand why we
were doing it."

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