On March 20, 2020, RoyOMartin Chairman, CEO and CFO Roy O. Martin III provided a state-of-the-business message on the company’s COVID-19 response and company operations moving forward to employees and stakeholders.
Martin hammered home the company’s absolute commitment to the safety and well being of its employees during the three and a half minute long address.
A portion of his remarks: “Hello everyone. I trust those watching this are well and taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from illness through washing your hands, social distancing and other means. Aren’t you glad though, that during this pandemic that your job is in manufacturing? We’ve seen an unprecedented shut down of our service industries throughout the country, and the world. Airlines, cruise lines, movies, restaurants, even exercise facilities are shut down. Your job is in manufacturing. Our order files are full. Our production is good. Our harvesting operations are normal. And we’ve got great prices right now. So, the housing industry is going strong. It is not a service industry; it is a construction industry and that will persevere through this pandemic. I want to assure you that RoyOMartin is still in business, even though the world as we know it has turned upside down. We will persevere through this coronavirus pandemic.
“Your health, safety and well-being is our top priority. We’ve been making a number of changes to our operations to accommodate our new normal. You’ve probably noticed fewer team meetings, limited visitor access, and increased distancing throughout all of our plants. You’ve also noticed that our safety meetings have been suspended at this time and more one-on-one safety talks. That does not mean that your safety switch should be turned off. In fact, right now, with the distancing, we need to be more aware of our surroundings because our team members are farther away. Do not ever sacrifice safety for production. We want to increase our housekeeping throughout our facilities. Our leaders, our occupational health nurses and our Legacy Health & Wellness staff are well-equipped to listen to your concerns and help you with any personal health issues. We want to make things as normal as possible for you when you’re at work. That includes maintaining production and other operations at appropriate levels so you can count on your paycheck. In fact, we’re still hiring. With all of us banded together, we will get through this…Thank you and God bless.”
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