Ozark Steels response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To our valued Ozark customers and suppliers,

Thank you for your business and the opportunity to serve you. We wanted to personally share an update on our efforts to help continuing to meet our customer’s needs an avoid production interruptions during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation.

Ozark Steel is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and we are taking a number of precautionary measures for the health and safety of our customers and team members. Our focus is to ensure we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our community safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

We have instituted an action plan throughout our organization that includes:

  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols for common areas, work centers, hand tools, machine controls and other production equipment that may have contact with individuals.
  • Company-wide employee education and awareness instruction on health and safety concerns, including hygiene, hand washing, social distancing and contamination avoidance.
  • Ozark has instituted an employee sick leave policy to compensate employees their full wage for any lost time due to any illness or health concern that presents similar to the Covid-19 symptoms, without requiring diagnosis or physician referral. Employees who exhibit symptoms are to stay home until symptom free. This policy also applies to employees that need to stay home and care for a sick family member as well. We want to minimize possible exposure to our team, and care for those who may be ill.
  • We are coordinating our production teams to have redundancy in operations for specific critical production roles in the event an essential employee requires time off. This includes burn operators, laser operators, brake and mill operators, helpers and drivers to fill lost production gaps as much as possible, in the event of illness.

According to the CDC, workers in a non-healthcare setting and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to COVID-19, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. However, we will continue to monitor the CDC, WHO, and Government agencies for information regarding the containment of this pandemic and follow recommendations that will help us continue to ensure the best response for the health and safety of our Ozark family, our valued customers, and our valued suppliers.

On behalf of all of us at Ozark Steel, thank you again for your continued business and support.

Jim Welch

General Manager, Ozark Steel, LLC