Egypt Impact: Business As Usual For Oriental Weavers USA
|Here is a message regarding how Oriental Weavers USA factories in
Egypt are faring in relationship to the political situation there
from Mike Riley, president, Oriental Weavers USA.
Oriental Weavers USA would first like to express our heartfelt
concern and our hopes for a speedy resolve to the current crisis
in Egypt and our most sincere wishes for a resolution that is
best for the entire country and the Egyptian people.
Given the current challenges in communications with Egypt
involving blockages of the Internet and other modes of
communication, our customers here in the US should rest assured
that they will feel no disruption in business today or at any
time in the near future. If the political situation resolves
itself in the coming weeks as expected, you will see absolutely
no impact in our deliveries to our customers in the US. The only
effect felt by our operation will be a slight delay in new
product introductions if at all. The fact that the U.S. operation
keeps a minimum standard of six-plus months inventory on most
running line goods in almost all sizes, our customers who depend
on us would only see very minor issues, if any issues noticed at all.
The factories in Egypt are all very well protected as are the
employees of Oriental Weavers, whom mostly live in company
developments and housing. The company has taken many precautions
to insure that its employees and their families in Egypt are safe
and cared for and that the factories are secure and safe from any
potential threats. Not only do we have the Egyptian Military and
local police forces protecting our people, but private security
Oriental Weavers is well known throughout the country for taking
much better than average care of its staff and employees. The
company provides not only housing for 90 percent of its employees
in Egypt, but also provides full health care coverage for their
families and many other services, which include education as well
as transportation via the company's private bus services. The
company will most assuredly be diligent in insuring all of its
19,000 employees in Egypt and around the world are safe.
We also have the added security for servicing our accounts in
that we have U.S. production capabilities. Nearly 80 percent of
the products we make today can be manufactured in our facilities
in Dalton. One of the companys production strategies included
the ability to manufacture the same specifications in each of its
factories in Egypt, the U.S. and in China. This ability has given
us many advantages and will afford our company a safety valve on
supply for our customers here in the U.S.
Please be assured, our business here is business as usual for
Sphinx. You can count on us to perform and deliver at the same
levels as ALWAYS with no exceptions!
Again, please keep the people of Egypt in your thoughts and
prayers that the political unrest will be settled for the
betterment of Egypt, the Egyptian people and the world. God bless