MARCH 25, 2020 – As the world confronts and works to halt the spread of COVID-19, we wanted to keep you informed of the steps that Lyman-Morse is taking to maintain the health and safety of our crew and their families, our local community, and our business.
Crew & Family Precautions
First, all employees who are able to work remotely have been doing so since last week and are practicing social distancing. If you need to reach someone and don’t hear back immediately, please contact them via email and they will get in touch with you promptly. We are committed to staying in contact with you and our industry stakeholders as we weather this storm.
At all of our facilities, everyone is following the social distancing as well as the respiratory and hand-washing guidelines recommended by the CDC. We are also performing a wellness check of every employee as they enter our properties. This helps employees identify any symptoms of COVID-19 and also allows them to self-isolate early if they are showing symptoms and don’t realize it.
Since March 18, anyone wishing to enter a Lyman-Morse facility has been required to check in prior to entering a building. If you need to access one of our service yards, please call your service manager prior to arriving on-site.
The economic impact of the pandemic has rippled through every community, including ours here in Knox County, Maine. We are working hard to support our local restaurants and merchants, many of whom have shifted their business models to take-out or online-only sales. Many are also offering gift cards as a way to support them now, when they most need our help, while also providing something to look forward to enjoying this summer.
Here are a couple of lists of restaurants and businesses that have made changes to their offerings and could use your support now, more than ever:
- Knox County: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/working-list-midcoast-bars-restaurants-delivery-services-offering-food-alcohol-grocer/131938
- Statewide: https://www.themainemag.com/blog/eat-maine-blog/eat-local-eat-healthy-eat-maine/
Employee safety is our No. 1 priority, and as a large employer in Knox County, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to follow current CDC and OSHA guidelines to keep people working safely. Therefore, we have made the following changes:
- To reduce contact between service yard employees, we have temporarily gone to a split-shift system. This allows one employee at a time to work on a boat and also allows for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of boats and tools between shifts. We have also expanded the disinfecting measures taken at all our facilities. If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s that our boatyards and the yachts in them are cleaner than they’ve ever been.
- On the boatbuilding side, our crew is continuing to work toward a spring launch of our Hood 57 flybridge express cruiser, even as we restrict the number of people working on the boat at any one time. We are fortunate to be able to keep this spectacular project moving forward while keeping employee safety as the priority.
- Lyman-Morse and its various divisions provide essential manufacturing support directly to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and also to prime contractors supporting DoD programs. Currently we have several active projects in process and will continue to provide support to these important customers.
Our goal is to keep our spring commissioning, boatbuilding, and other projects on schedule and to get all of us back out on the water and enjoying fresh sea breezes as early as possible.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you on the water soon.