COVID-19 Updates

As the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues to impact lives, families, communities, and companies in unprecedented ways, we wanted to share details with you regarding our pandemic preparedness. At this time, we activated our pandemic response plans to protect the health and safety of our employees and maintain business continuity for our customers.

OUR COMMITMENT

Though no plan can guarantee uninterrupted service, our plan has allowed us to maintain continuity of operations. Our efforts so far have safeguarded our people and enabled us to serve our customers in nearly all locations. To date, we have supported the movement of urgent orders and offered tailored solutions to minimize end-user impacts. We will continue to monitor the situation as conditions are evolving rapidly.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support. We hope that all of your employees and their families stay healthy. HighCom Armor is committed to weathering this crisis. With patience and resolve, we will persevere together.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your HighCom Armor representative.

 

As of March 23rd, 2020, we are on a severely restricted schedule at our Columbus, OH, and Colorado facilities. All Colorado staff are ordered to work from home until further notice. The majority of the production staff from Ohio is requested to show up for work daily in separate shifts which you will be assigned by groups A, B, C, D.

Some administration and office staff in Ohio will be requested to work from home until further notice as their presence in the office will only disrupt other activities necessary by directors and executive staff members at this time. We will be making phone calls and additional email follow up throughout today/evening for you.

Please be aware there is a stay at home order by the Governor of Ohio and all non-essential personnel and businesses should close and stay shelter in place.

HighCom Armor is considered an essential business due to the life saving protective products we supply to essential emergency personnel and defense forces. Until further notice and as we get updates from the Government we will prepare our staff to be as safe as possible and continue working to provide support during this difficult time.

 

Critical Manufacturing: Defense Industrial Base

  • Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military. These individuals include but are not limited to, aerospace; mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers
  • Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities
  • CISA Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

 

As an employee for HighCom Armor, If you feel unsure about working during this time and believe it is in yours and your family’s best interest to remain home please do so and kindly contact [email protected] or call 614-500-3065 to report your status so we can plan accordingly. There will be ZERO consequences towards you and we will work with each employee to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones during this difficult time.

 

PLEASE ENSURE YOU “DO THE FIVE” 

  1. HANDS Wash them often
  2. ELBOW Cough into it
  3. FACE Don’t touch it
  4. FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
  5. FEEL SICK? Stay home

 

For everyone, here are some basic tips from the CDC to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or with a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Dispose of tissues in no-touch trash receptacles.
  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with coworkers and customers.
  • Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
  • If wearing gloves, always wash your hands after removing them.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces (for example, telephones, computer equipment, etc.) clean.
  • Try not to use other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment.
  • Minimize group meetings; use emails, phones, and text messaging. If meetings are unavoidable, avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with others and ensure that the meeting room is properly ventilated.
  • Limit unnecessary visitors to the workplace.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle; attention to rest, diet, exercise and relaxation helps maintain physical and emotional health.

 

Have more questions? Please contact your supervisor, call 614.500.3065 or email us at [email protected]

While we have no confirmed cases of infection among our employees at this time, we continue to implement precautionary measures. Some of the key measures include the following:

  • Social distancing, including having a portion of each staff operating remotely;
  • Enhanced personal hygiene controls;
  • Restrictions on local and international travel; and
  • Implementation of our remote working response plans.

As a design, manufacturing, and distribution company we have the flexibility to expand and contract our business based on the contingencies and allocations we maintain with multiple, strategic supply partners. We have been able to develop our plan by drawing strength from our experiences in responding to a wide variety of supply chain disruptions.  These crises have included strikes, riots, terrorist acts, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, power outages, pandemics, tsunamis and acts of war and civil unrest.

As shown on the HighCom Armor Business Continuity Plan diagram, we conceive of business continuity in terms of a cycle that has four distinct phases, or “continuity modes”:

  • Prepare: Infrastructure, processes and strategic teams in place to respond.
  • Respond: Acting in concert to protect people and mitigate adverse impacts.
  • Recover: All facets of operations returned to normal levels.
  • Re-assess: Analyzing responses and making continuous improvements.

Fundamentally, we believe that effective business continuity planning requires that our plan grow and evolve over time. Only in this way can we maintain a constant state of readiness. As a consequence, our “plan” is not merely a document but consists of a wide range of interconnected systems, processes, and standard operating procedures. Our plan is always in at least one continuity mode and may be in various modes in different locations at any time. The plan is flexible enough to respond to multiple disasters of varying types and levels of severity occurring at the same time.

Overall, our plan empowers HighCom Armor to address any disaster that may pose a threat to our people, our operations or our customers’ supply chains. Our goal is to respond to each disaster systematically, that is, by flexibly redeploying and supporting the people and systems that embody our global network. In this way, we add value to our customers’ supply chains by reducing the risk of potential adverse impacts through our distribution and OEM network.

View our full business continuity plan here

We are encouraging our employees, customers, and suppliers to refer to national health authorities for the latest recommendations and updates regarding COVID-19. The following websites have helpful information:

For more information about our COVID-19 Response Plan please contact us: