To Our Team Members, Customers, Suppliers and Stakeholders:
As events surrounding the COVID-19 global outbreak are rapidly evolving on many fronts, Tenneco remains, first and foremost, focused on our commitment to the safety and well-being of our team members, customers and stakeholders. We continue to keep all of those affected by this unprecedented crisis in our thoughts and prayers.
The situation is changing at such a rapid rate that I wanted to provide an update to my last message. Previously, I mentioned that all our facilities were operational. However, since that time, many of our customers have taken steps to stop production for a period of time, resulting in significant changes in our operations as well. This will result in our company making difficult choices and taking actions that will allow Tenneco to best weather this storm. We do not take these decisions lightly, because in many cases they will directly impact our team members.
Many facilities on the Motorparts side of our business remain open, as Tenneco is also a manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket parts for auto-repair and auto supply stores. Transportation-related businesses, including auto-manufacturing and assembly, auto-supply, auto-repair, and other related facilities, have been classified “Essential Businesses” in many states, and they continue to operate. In almost all cases, our contracts require us to continue to support customers that remain operational.
In our locations where our team is required to work, we have taken precautions to implement rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols. In an effort to further protect our team we are also performing wellness checks on our team members, including taking their temperatures at the beginning of each shift, and implementing changes within the plant to comply with social distancing requirements. Additionally, members of our global teams that are able to work from home have been doing so and will continue to until their local community guidelines allow them to return to their work locations. We continue to enforce travel restrictions and other guidelines for self-quarantine. Our team members are our greatest strength, and we are doing everything within our reach to ensure their health and safety.
As you may be aware, some of our customers and supplier peers are putting their idled assembly lines to use to make ventilators and personal protective equipment to aid in the treatment of COVID-19. We have partnered with General Motors to supply components to increase the production of ventilators needed to support the medical community. Partnering in and supporting this effort to help mitigate this widespread lack of vital equipment is something we are proud to be able to do.
We are committed to taking all possible actions to ensure we successfully manage through this global crisis and emerge as a stronger team. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.
To Our Customers, Suppliers and Stakeholders:
Unplanned and unprecedented, the COVID-19 situation is dramatically changing our world in ways that no one could have anticipated only a few months ago. On behalf of Tenneco leadership, our hearts go out to everyone affected by this crisis - not only those diagnosed with the virus, but also their families, friends and all those whose jobs and schools have been impacted with this uncertainty and dramatic change. What has not changed, and will not change, is Tenneco’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our team members, to serving our customers and to supporting our communities. As the situation continues to evolve, we are committed to and value two-way, transparent communication with all of our stakeholders.
I wanted to share with you some of the actions that we are taking:
Since the beginning, we have taken the appropriate steps to limit our team members’ exposure to the virus, ranging from travel restrictions to promoting good hygiene in our facilities worldwide and establishing protocols for self-quarantine—and we will continue to do so. Additionally, we have asked all team members to work remotely if the nature of their work allows it.
We have a crisis team that meets daily to evaluate our response to this pandemic. We are closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis, and take actions based on best available information.
Because we are a manufacturing company, the majority of our team members work in positions that require them to be on-site to supply the products our customers depend on. We have taken every precaution in our manufacturing facilities to protect our team, implementing rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of this illness.
We are implementing changes in our manufacturing sites worldwide, including restricting visitors, in order to comply with social distancing requirements, which can vary from country to country. We are holding calls daily with our supply chain partners to implement actions that support the continuous delivery of products and services. You may notice the impact of these actions and we greatly appreciate your patience as we work through these unique challenges.
In this time of uncertainty, you can rely on Tenneco to remain focused on three priorities: We will continue to safeguard the health and safety of our team members around the world. We will continue to promote safe hygiene practices that help us do our part to limit the spread of the virus in the communities where we live and work. And we will remain focused on the commitments we've made to our customers by doing everything we can to keep operating safely and ensuring that our operations are properly supported.
Thank you for your support and understanding.