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Coronavirus and the Engine Building Industry

We hope the industry as a whole is taking the necessary precautions to remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. While we are sure that is the case, many engine and machine shops have been deemed ‘essential’ and remain open.

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Here is how other engine-related companies have been handling the Coronavirus pandemic.

Champion Brands Remains Open

All Champion Brands LLC facilities are open, according to the company. Champion will continue to accept and ship orders as normal. As of now, shipping carriers are operating as normal, as restrictions differ from state to state, there are some minimal delays and supply-chain disruptions across the country. The company has adjusted internally, including social distancing, frequent sanitizing of facilities, transitioning some employees to work from home who are not part of the essential day-to-day manufacturing and warehouse functions. On-site visits from non-employees has also been suspended. For more information, visit www.championbrands.com.

Air Flow Research Temporarily Shuts Down

Air Flow Research (AFR) has temporarily shut down due to California Governor Gavin Newsome’s “Stay at Home Order” issued March 19. The shutdown means the company will not be fulfilling any outgoing shipments until the order is lifted. AFR is also formulating a plan to provide some services to customers remotely and will resume answering phones, e-mails and processing orders as soon as possible. For more information, visit www.airflowresearch.com.

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Billet Specialties Closed Until April 7

Due to a state-wide shelter-in-place order in Illinois, Billet Specialties has closed until April 7 and will resume operations on April 8. Orders placed after March 20 will not be processed or shipped until the week of April 8. For more information, visit www.billetspecialties.com.

BorgWarner to Suspend Manufacturing Operations

BorgWarner will suspend manufacturing operations in North America and Europe, citing reduction in OEM manufacturing, which accounts for 70% of the company’s revenue. For more information, visit www.borgwarner.com.

Bully Dog Performance Implements Remote Work Policy

Bully Dog Performance, as well as its parent company, Derive Systems, is implementing remote work and virtual collaboration and has cancelled all large gatherings and non-essential business travel. The company is also limiting visitors to all office locations. Advance approval is needed for any office visits. Sales and customer service is available and the company is shipping orders as usual. For more information, visit www.bullydog.com.

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Fluidampr Continues to Manufacture and Ship Products

Fluidampr continues to operate and ship products, according to the company. However, it has cancelled all travel, implemented remote work where possible, temporarily suspended any visitors to its facility and instituted social distancing and additional sanitizing measures. The company continues to manufacture product and is taking and fulfilling orders. For more information, visit www.fluidampr.com.

LIQUI MOLY Offers Bonus for Every Employee Instead of Short-Time Work

LIQUI MOLY is not reacting to the coronavirus crisis with short-time work or layoffs, but is instead paying a bonus of EUR 1,000 to each employee. The company now has almost its entire administration working from home. This move is intended to protect employees while keeping production running.

“Today, we have largely been able to ensure in all corporate areas that we are mastering this balancing act between preventive health care and continued work,” LIQUI MOLY Managing Director Ernst Prost wrote to the workforce.

While other companies are having to deal with short-time work or are considering making cuts, the LIQUI MOLY boss is setting a counterpoint. “The current developments are not leaving us unaffected either; the economic consequences will be brutal. That is precisely why we must now do our part to solve this crisis with our brains and wits, with commitment and diligence, and definitely with courage and confidence.”

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All employees worldwide will receive the same amount for this bonus, from the department manager in Germany to the warehouse clerk in South Africa. For more information, visit www.liqui-moly.com.

Melling Engine Parts to Minimize Operations

Melling Engine Parts announced it will minimize operations for the next three weeks following a stay at home order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but will remain open and shipping product with a reduced staff. Customers may experience a delay in shipments. For more information, visit www.melling.com.

Turn 14 Distribution Centers Remain Operational

According to Turn 14 Distribution, its distribution centers in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Texas remain fully operational, while sales, accounting and support staff work remotely. Employees on the job at the distribution centers are now working on separated shifts, the company said, and professional cleaners have been hired to clean high-traffic and high-contact areas of its facilities between shifts. Will Call service at all three distribution centers has also been suspended until further notice. For more information, visit www.turn14.com.

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VP Racing Fuels Continues to Power Global Motorsports

VP Racing Fuels Inc. continues to supply race fuels, coolants and lubricants to race series and teams, despite the economic challenges caused by COVID-19. According to the company, VP has maintained sufficient inventory and transportation to supply all professional and amateur race customers around the world. Over the past several weeks, VP has signed new agreements with World Racing League and American Flat Track and continues to fuel series and events that are recognized around the world. For more information, visit www.vpracingfuels.com.

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