BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – With the Siemens-Gamesa plant labeled an essential business in the state and continuing operations, the COVID-19 virus is still having an impact.
On Tuesday Siemens officials from the U.S. headquarters in Orlando, announced that 100 Fort Madison employees will be furloughed due to problems in the supply chain caused by the global pandemic.
“The global pandemic is causing an interruption in our business operations. Driven by parts and material delays directly caused by COVID-19 impacts to our international suppliers, Siemens Gamesa has made the difficult decision to furlough 100 employees at the Fort Madison, Iowa, facility and about 200 employees at the Hutchinson, Kansas facilities. The company informed employees on Monday, April 6,” said a company spokesperson.
Officials said they expect the temporary furloughs to last three to four weeks, but the company is doing everything they can to restore the supply chain as quickly as possible, and will resume full operations as soon as supplies are available.
“Siemens Gamesa’s highest priority continues to be to safeguard the health and safety of our employees, families and communities during this crisis,” according to the spokesperson.
“We are continuously assessing the impact the virus is causing on our supply chain, the movement of components/people and the operation of manufacturing facilities. Every resource is being applied to get the business back to normal as quickly as possible.