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Post Storm Update: Production & Delivery

Florence was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday, then downgraded again to a tropical depression on Sunday. Despite diminishing winds, the heavy rainfall continued throughout eastern and central North and South Carolina throughout the weekend. With rivers and streams expected to crest well above flood stage throughout the week, the devastating floods will continue from inland areas to the coast. 

Fortunately, our Kenly, NC facility escaped any severe damage, and while we were unable to operate on Saturday due to power outages, this morning the plant was fully operational with roughly 80% of the workforce reporting. According to our plant management, drawer box production will be on schedule by the end of today and Cabinet Systems are expected to be back on schedule at the end of this week.

Regarding deliveries, long stretches of Interstate 95, the major North-South thoroughfare for the east coast, are closed. We are poised to begin deliveries to southern customers on Conestoga Wood trucks this afternoon, however our drivers will have to detour around flooded areas. These longer routes and anticipated traffic congestion could delay deliveries by up to 1 day, but we expect deliveries to be back on schedule by the end of this week. For Northern and Midwest customers, our transfer trucks between facilities have resumed normal operation. Product that Kenly produced last Thursday is now in East Earl and will be shipped on your next scheduled route truck. Customers receiving LTL shipments can expect delivery of these products by mid-week.

While the storm is moving out of the Carolinas there will continue to be some residual effects that will last throughout the week. Some coastal areas of North and South Carolina are not currently accessible by ground; if you are located in one of the areas impacted by the storm, please contact your Customer Service team and notify us if you want us to ship open orders as normally scheduled, or hold them until a later date.

Best regards,

Jeff Eichenseer

Director of Marketing & Product Development