September 22nd, 2021

We learned late yesterday, September 21st, that an associate who works in the Florence facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The associate was last in the facility on September 16th. The associate will remain in self-quarantine for the 10-day period per local health guidelines before returning to work. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding the associate’s identity cannot be released.

We did not identify any close contacts per the CDC guideline for exposure (15 minutes of cumulative contact, within 6 ft, and contact 48 hours prior to testing).

With the potential for increased community spread and potential exposure from travel outside of work, we want to stress the importance of being diligent in safe behaviors in all environments. Social distancing, hand hygiene, and facial coverings, where required, for associates are critical both inside and outside of work to keep our associates and families safe. We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the Florence site remains a safe and healthy place to work.

I would encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so. The vaccine provides an added layer of protection against COVID-19 for yourself, your family members, and your co-workers. If you have questions regarding the vaccine contact your health care provider.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to either of us.


Nicholas Klinedinst
Plant Manager

Christina Abercrombie
Human Resources Manager