Like other manufacturers in the Nashville area, Gibson has closed its factory until further notice due to the evolving COVID 19 situation. To date, there have been zero reported cases of coronavirus across the Gibson employee base, according to the company.
In its statement, Gibson says it has maintained the highest standard of protocol and recommended hygiene practices in the lead-up to the factory closure, including daily leadership briefings and pro-active communication to all employees. This also included the monitoring of accordance with federal, state and local entities – and other professional sources.
On Sunday, March 22, Nashville Mayor John Cooper ordered all non-essential businesses to close for a 14-day “Safer At Home Order” starting at midnight. Gibson is aligned with this request and has already initiated communications with their employee base in Nashville. Gibson also took the preventative step to temporarily close its Bozeman, Montana facility, despite there being no government request. The Gibson Headquarters Team located in Nashville, TN will be working remotely during the foreseeable future to provide the appropriate levels of service across all functions.
With this current, and uncertain situation, Gibson’s leadership has also decided to provide all Gibson hourly factory workers with a $1,000 support payment to help get through this difficult time. Gibson has set up various communication platforms to keep the team informed, including the Gibson DIAL (Direct Information Advisory Line) for all employees.
“At the early stages of this unfortunate and ever-evolving situation, we took a proactive approach to monitoring and prioritizing the health and safety of our entire team around the world,” says James ‘JC’ Curleigh, CEO of Gibson. “I am proud of the way our teams have responded and we now shift our focus to supporting each other to get through this together.”
Gibson will continue to monitor and assess the situation and will keep the extended partnership base of employees, dealers, suppliers, and others informed accordingly, it says.