April 17, 2020
To Our Community:
Much has changed over the past 30 days. In mid-March, we were just developing a realization of the impact COVID-19 could have on our country and around the world. Today we are in the midst of this crisis, thankful that others have also been proactive in their efforts to help flatten the curve. As we begin planning for a return to work and normal operations, we continue to be vigilant to ensure a safe and cautious transition.
Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and our communities has never been stronger. The majority of our global workforce is working from home. We continue to exceed the recommended safety guidelines to protect our on-site mission-critical employees. From infrared temperature checks and wearing protective face masks to increased sanitation and social distancing, we are doing all that we can to protect these employees from COVID-19.
Our work, today, is perhaps more important than ever. During this period of isolation, the network is allowing all of us not only to continue to work or go to school but perform many of life’s daily tasks such as ordering groceries or take out, seeing a doctor, or attending church services from the comfort and safety of our homes. The network is our lifeline to keep the world moving forward. At ADTRAN, we are doing everything possible to help our service provider customers keep you connected. Our employees are doing whatever it takes to acquire raw materials, produce product, and deliver it in a timely fashion. They understand the importance of being able to connect, and it shows.
During this time, we have also seen our community respond in tremendous fashion. Huntsville has pulled together in one spirit to ensure that medical personnel have the supplies they need to treat those suffering from COVID-19.
During this pandemic, many lives have been lost, and healthcare workers around the world have put their lives at risk to care for those who have fallen ill to this virus. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted, and we give our thanks to all that are enabling us to navigate toward better days.
Chairman and CEO
March 18, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted all of our lives in some way. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones or who are fighting to recover from this illness.
I want to assure you that we have been proactive in our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been continuously monitoring the situation since January. In February, we enacted our Business Continuity Plan, which includes operational guidelines for emergency situations, including pandemics. Our priorities are protecting our employees, our customers, and the community.
We are going beyond the guidelines published by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control for social distancing, sanitization efforts, and precautionary self-quarantining for those who have reason to believe that they may have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. We have closed our facilities to visitors and have enacted work-from-home for non-mission-critical on-site personnel and have ensured that our IT infrastructure is up to the task of maintaining our business operations. These efforts are all directed at protecting the health of our employees, limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and ensuring business continuity.
We are doing everything possible to maintain continuous business operations to serve those who rely on us so that we can deliver the solutions they need to meet the demands of their customers. We have a very diversified manufacturing strategy. We have increased buffer stock, established second and third-tier suppliers to ensure adequate materials, and we are working with third-party logistics providers to develop comprehensive transportation plans to ensure deliveries within the currently constrained market.
My hope is that we are all able to return to a normal way of life in the near future. It is times like this that provide the opportunity for all of us to work together, helping one another persevere.