Update March 26, 2020
A customer announces temporary pause on delivery impacting Solar Plastics
To: Solar Plastics- Delano
From: Sam Rosen, President
Earlier today we were contacted by a customer regarding a temporary pause on deliveries from all their suppliers. We are continuing to communicate with our customer to understand their needs and determine the extent of the impact this will have on our business. It is unclear at this time how long this disruption will last. We have had to make the decision to stop normal production, effective tonight at 11:00pm. Our third shift employees need not report to work tonight, 3/26/2020.
This notice is to inform production employees that they should not report to work, unless otherwise notified. All employees will be eligible for unemployment and may file with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN DEED). MN DEED has issued new eligibility guidelines for employees that are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. Solar Plastic’s situation is covered under these guidelines.
You may file your claim by going to their website, https://www.uimn.org/. If you are unable to file via this website, you may also reach DEED at 877-898-9090. When indicating claim reason, you should select the option specifically related to Coronavirus.
Employees will be able to remain on all current company benefits through April. ATEK will pay both the employer and employee portion of elected benefits for the month of April. We will work with employees to recover those funds when all are back on our payroll. This will ensure no disruption to benefit coverage during this time
Employees will also continue to accrue PTO during this time, just as they would if they were working.
In these ever changing times, we will use the ATEK site http://www.atekcompanies.com/, and the Branch app to provide information and updates so please check it frequently .
We understand that this is a lot to take in, and you may have many questions. While we are unable to meet with you in person, Lisa and Katie are ready and able to assist you in any way that they can. Please reach them by phone or email. If you receive their voicemail, please leave a clear message including your phone number and best time to reach you.
Katie Albers: 763-972-7430 Lisa Rosenau: 763-972-5638
Update March 26, 2020
"Stay at Home” order to Minnesota and impact to ATEK Suppliers
Dear Valued Supply Partner,
Yesterday, Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz issued a “Stay at Home” order to Minnesota citizens beginning March 27th at 11:59pm and continuing until April 10th. This order includes closing non-essential businesses, but provides an exception for businesses that are part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.
ATEK Access Technologies is considered a part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce as a supplier of medical, government, and defense markets. As a critical supplier and upon direction from the President of the United States, we have the responsibility to remain open to service our customers and ensure uninterrupted deliveries. This responsibility and requirement flows down through the supply chain to all of our supply partners. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, … you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."
As a valued supply partner to ATEK, we expect that your company is likewise part of the Essential Critical Workforce recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security per the above guidance. In the event that your facility is subject to a state or county shelter-in-place order or other type of COVID-19 related closure requirement, please review the order carefully to identify exceptions for essential, critical, or life-sustaining businesses and functions. Do not merely assume that such an order requires cessation of your operation. You can also share this letter with your state or local officials as needed to confirm the critical role you play in our nation’s Department of Homeland Security supply chain.
We will be open for deliveries Monday through Thursday from 7am to 3pm each week during this time and until further notice. If you wish to provide carriers with a number to confirm a delivery timeframe, please have them call Brenda VanHorn at 218-828-6613.
We encourage you to take all the recommended precautions to keep your employees safe and healthy during this unprecedented situation. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me, and please keep me appraised of any changes to your business situation as well.
Thank you for being a valued supply partner as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.
ATEK Access Technologies, LLC
210 10th Avenue NE
Brainerd, MN 56401
D: 218.828.6656 | F: 218.828.6620
Update March 25, 2020
Stay at Home Executive Order for ATEK employees
To: All employees
From: Mark Osmanski
Re: Stay at Home Executive Order
Earlier this week I provided an update specific to a “Shelter in Place” order and what that would mean to the ATEK family of Companies. Today, Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz issued a “Stay at Home” order to Minnesota citizens beginning March 27th at 11:59 pm and continuing until April 10th. This order included closing non-essential businesses
As a reminder, ATEK Management, ATEK Access Technologies and Solar Plastics are considered part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and we intend to continue operations in supplying products to our customers. We have work available and you are necessary to keep supporting these industries.
We are a supplier to government contracts. In addition to our military and defense products, we also support agriculture, water and wastewater systems, and cleaning businesses, making us a critical manufacturing business. For example, we manufacture products for John Deere (agriculture), Oshkosh and Raytheon (defense), Graco (water and wastewater systems) and Tennant (cleaning).
We fully support Governor Walz’s request for increased vigilance to fight this outbreak. As always, we ask all employees to practice enhanced hygiene practices (washing hands and covering coughs), adhere to social distancing guidelines, and follow your current attendance call in procedure to notify the company of your absences.
If needed a verification letter stating that you are employed at an essential business will be available, and you should keep it on hand in the event of a question.
The dynamics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are very fluid and we will continue to communicate with updates as circumstances require. If you have any questions or concerns on this matter, please speak with your manager or one of our HR professionals
Stay safe and be well! Remember VITAL, our employee assistance program, is available to all employees and family members https://www.vitalworklife.com.
President & Chief Executive Officer
ATEK Companies, Inc.
Update March 18, 2020
ATEK Access Technologies has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus outbreak as it unfolds. The health and safety of our employees and business partners is our top priority as we navigate the everchanging landscape. At ATEK, we remain committed to doing what is in the best interest of our employees, customers and suppliers.
As of this time, our operations are up and running with no impact to our daily business. Some of our team members will be working remotely to minimize any potential spread of the virus. For those still working within our facilities, we are practicing “social distancing” and encouraging enhanced personal hygiene to help minimize any impact. We have also implemented more frequent cleaning and disinfecting practices throughout our facilities.
We will continue to work closely with our suppliers to ensure we have the most up to date information on their operations and any potential interruptions. Should we learn of anything we will quickly communicate to our customers as needed. As of this time, we are not experiencing any disruption to our production.
In the event our plant experiences a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will notify customers and suppliers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your regular ATEK representative or one of our Customer Care Team members by calling (800) 523-6996.
President & Chief Executive Officer
ATEK Companies, Inc.