BY STEPHANIE JOHNSTON
The tiny village of Akron (population 2,900) is about as far from New York City, epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., as you can get and still be in New York state. Even so, LVD Strippit’s sole North American manufacturing plant has been operating with a skeleton crew since March 23, 2020, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo told non-essential businesses to send all nonessential employees home until May 15.
However, because the facility supplies spare parts to essential businesses, the manufacturer of punch presses, press brakes, shearing machines, and laser cutters is able to keep a small staff onsite to fulfill orders. Everyone else from that location is working remotely.
The company’s other support centers in Dallas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Minneapolis are open, as is an office in Mexico. Many service support calls can be handled using LVD Teleservice remote monitoring tool, but when all else fails technicians visit customers in person.
LVD Strippit is part of the LVD Group of companies, a family-owned business based in Gullegem, Belgium, with approximately 1,250 employees worldwide.
In addition to the Akron, N.Y., plant, the company manufactures equipment in Belgium, China, France, and Slovakia.
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