ForAction will be shipping to USA plants end of next week, and raw material will again be flowing to the states.
A previous concern had been the status of the roads from the plant to the ports. It looks like we have found a workaround, and while we will be using this route effective immediately, it is 4 times as long, and will result in an incremental increase in freight, which we’re calculating now. This increase will be effective on our shipments arriving from Chile on the week of April 5th, and removed when normal routes have been repaired.
A new concern: it appears that even though we’ll be able to ship at 100% capacity, we’ll be running into a lack of available vessel space, likely causing shortages in our supply beginning first few weeks in April, length of time unknown. We are monitoring this very closely, and will continue to update all. As you’re aware, we’re also working on domestic raw material procurement to supplement; the negative here is the raw material is coming in at a substantial additional cost, and we’re not sure yet if we can give it that WindsorONE “look and feel.” More info on that next week.
Still working our hardest at grabbing vessel space; that’s the last, big brick wall we need to break through before the supply pipeline is again 100% intact.
The real story, however, is the incredible job that the Windsor Mill ForAction team has done… it reminds me of a quote from Andrew Carnegie:
“Take away my people, but leave my factories and soon grass will grow on the factory floors……Take away my factories, but leave my people and soon we will have a new and better factory.”
It’s an honor to be able to work with Marcelo and his team; their dedication to the Company and to the Customer is tireless.