(Last updated March 24, 2020)
Quasonix is dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers and ensuring the welfare of everyone we work with.
These are the steps we are taking to deal with the impact from COVID-19:
- The safety and long-term wellbeing of our employees is our first priority, and we will take steps to achieve that even if it delays our deliveries. In adhering to guidance provided by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are encouraging anyone who can work from home to do so, and we are providing relevant information and reminding employees to take all reasonable precautions to avoid spreading infection, whether inside or outside the office.
- We are taking steps to minimize delays. Quasonix keeps nearly a full year of most material in inventory. Despite this, isolated shortages will begin to appear in the next couple of months. Deliveries in the summer months will be dependent on replenishing our inventory, which we are working on now.
- Our labor force is currently at full strength, but school closings are causing assembly and test personnel to shuffle schedules. This will slightly reduce our assembly and test throughput, but we expect to manage this as long as everyone stays healthy.
- We are eliminating all but the most critical travel by Quasonix personnel. At this time, no travel is deemed “critical.”
- Similarly, we are not open to visitors, except under critical circumstances, and we have none of those at this time.
- Because Quasonix is an “essential” business, we will stay open, so long as it is prudent and useful to do so. Many businesses are being required to close, but the Federal Government has exempted “essential” businesses from the shut-down order. This web page has a comprehensive discussion. Regarding which companies are considered essential, the very last paragraph cites “Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities.” That certainly includes Quasonix.
- Nevertheless, anticipating that we may not be able to meet all our contracted delivery dates, we are asking our customers to help us prioritize our utilization of material and personnel, based on the urgency of the need. This will be done for all open and new purchase orders. Affected purchasers will be contacted soon. Needless to say, if every customer rates their open orders as a top priority, then we will simply do our best to keep orders on schedule.
- We will keep you informed. Our customers will be apprised immediately of any delivery impacts that may affect their orders, and this post will be updated as there is additional information to share.
As noted by Terry Hill (President), borrowing from US Marine Corps tradition, we will “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.”