A recent survey by the Wood Component Manufacturers Association provides insight into the challenges faced by member businesses in the midst of the pandemic.
Forty-nine companies, including manufacturers of interior wood components, architectural wood components, furniture components, lumber and dimension stock, and technology, equipment and tool providers, responded to the survey, which was conducted in April.
When asked if their companies were open or closed for business, 63% said their operations remained open as essential businesses. Allowed to choose multiple responses, more than 65% said their manufacturing facility and offices were open as they complied with current social distancing requirements, while 14% said they were open for important appointments only.
Of those businesses classified as closed, approximately 20% had essential personnel reporting to the facility while others worked from home, 8% reported it had some staff working from home, and 6% said they were fully closed except for emergencies.