Thor Reopens U.S. Operations
Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) says the first wave of its North American assembly operations has reopened. Thor’s temporary shutdown began in mid-March, and the manufacturer says it has installed health screening areas and provided personal protective equipment kits to each employee.
Thor President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Martin says the company has developed Thor’s Return to Work Playbook, which includes detailed protocols for complete plant disinfection, specific social distancing protocols and PPE requirements. Martin says its operating facilities have also mandated daily health screenings that include temperature checks.
“While we are all anxious to get back to work at our company, in our region, and across the country, it is essential that we reopen in a way that is safe for all of our team members,” said Martin.
Martin says the manufacturer has also donated thousands of masks and face shields to area hospitals and healthcare centers.
“We’ve donated many RVs for use in various capacities by first responders, including units being used in conjunction with virus testing sites. Additionally, numerous team members have donated to other causes ranging from food banks to first responder organizations, as we all join the fight together.”
On the business side, the manufacturer says its dealers have reported continued strong retail interest over the past 6 weeks, and while retail sales have been deeply impacted, Martin says they surpassed April expectations.