Selma EDA gives updates on industry operations for May

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The Selma Economic Development Authority has posted an update on its Facebook page detailing the operations of local industries as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit daily life.

As in previous months these industries are operating with limitations and taking precautions.

See below for the list:

Alabama Power – Operating normally with precautions.

American Apparel – Selma EDA reports that employees are being given paid leave for testing if they bring back test results. They also say that the outbreak that occurred in April is “under control” with no new cases being reported.

Cosby-Carmichael Inc. – Operating normally with precautions.

Crown Healthcare Laundry – Hours have been decreased with hospitals not performing elective procedures or admitting new patients. EDA says that this will change once elective procedures resume.

Eovations – Operating normally with precautions.

FEMA – Office employees continue to work from home as FEMA prepares for hurricane season, creating “great demands” for services, according to the EDA. Current employment is 31 while some contractors for FEMA are now federal employees.

H&S Wood Products – The company’s number of employees has grown from 20 to 30. Some are being paid $25 to $30 due to production incentives.

HIL-A – A previous post from the EDA reported that HIL-A would be closed until May 4 but the current list has not been updated to say if it has resumed operation.

Henry Brick Company – Operating normally with precautions.

International Paper – EDA reports that the plant is “fine” but that a project’s completion date has been scheduled to the end of the second half of the year as social distancing measures are taking. The EDA also reports that number of contract employees has decreased from 1,000 to 450.

Lear – The EDA says that “stringent” guards and testing protocols have been implemented. Production has also slowed because of decreased auto sales.

Oxford Manufacturing – The EDA reports that “business has slowed” but the company continues to operate.

Pine Belt Communications – Lobbies are closed but the company is open. Drive-thru WiFi hotspots have been set up by Pine Belt Communications to assist students in need of an internet connection.

Pioneer Electric Cooperative – The company is operating with lobbies closed and is using a drive-through.

Nutrien Ag Solutions – Operating normally.

PalletOne – Operating normally.

Pepsi – Pepsi continues to operate but some business closures have caused a decrease in demands, although larger stores are still ordering products.

Peerless Pumps – The plant was shut down because of a positive case but has resumed operation now. Workers are confined to work areas while the office has “cut back” and the shop is working 10 hour days.

Plantation Patterns – EDA reports that some employees are on furlough and that lay-offs occurred due to problems presented by social distancing.

Rayco – Working normally with some changes in operations.

Seoyon E-HWA – EDA reports an expansion with 60 new jobs in place but that the company will shut down parts in June and July due to “new model changes”.

Spire – Operating normally.

Sunbelt Forest Products – Operation normally.

R.L. Zeigler – Operating normally with precautions.