Parsons Company is concerned for every employee’s health and safety. Our decision to remain open for business was made only after taking three important steps: (1) Confirming that the Governor’s shelter-in-place order does not require us to close; (2) Ensuring we follow the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the CDC; and (3) Verifying our obligation to fulfill commitments to our customers.
- The Governor’s shelter-in-place order requires businesses to close unless they are designated an “essential business.” Essential businesses include manufacturers in industries served by Parsons such as agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction and national defense.
- Parsons Company has implemented many policies and procedures, including frequent sanitizing of high-touch surfaces, in order to comply with recommendations provided by the CDC and other health organizations. With the help of our employees (distancing, hand washing, etc.) we are taking extraordinary precautions to provide a safe working environment.
- Our customers remain open for business and they rely upon Parsons Company and other manufacturers in the supply chain to provide them with quality parts on a timely basis. Since Parsons is not required to close we would violate contractual obligations to our customers if we closed and could not deliver their parts on schedule.
We are closely monitoring information released by the CDC and by Federal, State and Local government. Parsons will alter our response to COVID-19 as necessary to comply with new laws and/or to improve our ability to ensure the health and safety of our employees.
March 30, 2020
Caterpillar company spokeswoman Kate Kenny:
“A number of governments continue to classify operations such as Caterpillar’s as essential activity for critical infrastructure. Customers use our machines, engines, generator sets and parts to provide electric and stand-by power for hospitals, grocery stores and data centers; they transport food and critical supplies on the roads and rails; they mine essential commodities and extract the fuels to enable stable electricity; and much more."