Gibson Halts U.S. Operations Due to Coronavirus, Provides Financial Relief to U.S.-Based Workers


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As a result of the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gibson has had to halt activity in its manufacturing facilities in the United States, the company announced on Monday.

A statement from the company:

Gibson has maintained the highest standard of protocol and recommended hygiene practices throughout the evolving COVID 19 situation, including daily leadership briefings and pro-active communication to all employees. This also included the monitoring of accordance with federal, state and local entities – and other professional sources. Until last Friday, the majority of manufacturing facilities across all industries remained open in the greater Nashville area, and beyond. Gibson’s facilities have NOT been in operation since Friday and will remain closed until further notice. To date, there have been zero reported cases of coronavirus across the employee base.

Today, Sunday, March 22, Nashville Mayor John Cooper has ordered all non-essential businesses to close for the just-announced 14-day “Safer At Home Order” starting at midnight tonight. Gibson is aligned with this request and has already initiated communications with their employee base in Nashville. Gibson also took the preventative step to temporarily close their Bozeman, Montana facility, despite there being no government request. The Gibson Headquarters Team located in Nashville, TN will be working remotely during the foreseeable future to provide the appropriate levels of service across all functions.

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Because of the sudden stoppage in production, the company is offering some financial support to its workers at this time:

Leadership has also decided to provide all Gibson hourly factory workers with a $1000 Gibson support payment to help get the team through this difficult time.  Gibson has set up various communication platforms to keep the team informed, including the Gibson DIAL (Direct Information Advisory Line) for all employees.  
“At the early stages of this unfortunate and ever-evolving situation, we took a proactive approach to monitoring and prioritizing the health and safety of our entire team around the world,” states James ‘JC’ Curleigh, CEO of Gibson. “I am proud of the way our teams have responded and we now shift our focus to supporting each other to get through this together.”


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