February 4th, 2021

We learned today February 4th, that an associate who works in the Jonesboro facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The associate was last in the facility on January 29th and left immediately after being notified of being in close contact with a COVID case outside of work. The associate has mild symptoms and will remain in self-quarantine for the 10-day period per local health guidelines. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding the associate’s identity cannot be released.

We have identified two close contacts per the CDC guideline for exposure (15 minutes of cumulative contact, within 6 ft, and contact 48 hours prior to testing). The associates are at home self-quarantining without symptoms and will remain in quarantine until cleared to return to work.

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 are critical both inside and outside or work to keep our associates and families safe. We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the Jonesboro site remains a safe and healthy place to work.

It is important to take this time to review these safety precautions which are mandatory while at work:

  • Face Masks:  Masks are required and must cover your nose and mouth. Masks should also be worn while in conference rooms.
  • Social Distancing:   We must observe strict distancing of [6 feet] whenever possible.  All associates need to take this very seriously to limit exposure. Use video conferencing where possible to limit gatherings during meetings.
  • Daily monitoring of temperatures:  Temperatures are checked upon arrival at the site.
  • Personal hygiene: Please continue to observe thorough hand washing procedures and limit face touching, particularly when using shared equipment (including tools, control panels, vending machines, copiers, etc.).
  • Feeling ill: Associates who feel ill should not come to work, under any circumstances. If you feel ill during the workday, please contact your manager immediately.

We continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines and daily cleaning protocol in all common areas, offices, and frequently used areas.

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


Neil A. Crebbe
Plant Manager

Brian Leutert
Human Resources Manager