In our home state of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order requires all non-essential businesses to close for three weeks, until April 13. To reduce the burden on employees, Herman Miller is paying our Michigan-based operations and maintenance teams who are most affected by the shut down two weeks of wages, one week of paid vacation, and we’ll continue offering full benefits. We’re also committed to doing what we can to serve essential businesses and those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
We’re grateful and proud that approximately 30% of our manufacturing employees in Michigan have volunteered to return to work starting March 30 to support those essential businesses, such as the healthcare industry and the federal government. We’re also transforming part of our manufacturing facilities to fulfill immediate needs for medical and personal protective equipment.
As “stay at home” orders vary in scope from state to state and around the world, we are evaluating our facilities and workforce from location to location. Manufacturing is currently suspended at our facilities in Melksham, England, and near Bangalore, India. In Brazil, our manufacturing and warehouse facilities that serve Latin America are running as normal.