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Old 03-22-2020, 10:45 PM   #1
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Gov shuts down OH 3/24, incl. JC

Due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified.

This will impact all work at Airstream HQ in Jackson Center, both new assembly and work on customer trailers. Expect delays to go beyond the two-week shut-down due to the logistical inertia associated with starting everything back up whenever that happens.

I would imagine the factory will spend Monday securing the facility and making arrangements for shut-down rather than working on anything already in progress.
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:28 AM   #2
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Due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified.

This will impact all work at Airstream HQ in Jackson Center, both new assembly and work on customer trailers. Expect delays to go beyond the two-week shut-down due to the logistical inertia associated with starting everything back up whenever that happens.

I would imagine the factory will spend Monday securing the facility and making arrangements for shut-down rather than working on anything already in progress.
And the JC closure info you provided came from where?
I have an appt set...I'll wait for JC to confirm directly.🤓

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Old 03-23-2020, 10:31 AM   #3
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Darn we figure it would come to this. Our order was scheduled to come off the line this Friday. However it is more important to consider safety first. That said, it will almost certainly be more than just two weeks. Probably looking at a May/June delivery now.
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:48 AM   #4
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I have a May appointment but I imagine this would force all appointments way back. Bob I did here a hint of a closing from my Airstream Schedule Person as they were hearing the Governor was thinking of closing.


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I have an appt set...I'll wait for JC to confirm directly.🤓

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Old 03-23-2020, 03:30 PM   #6
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I tried a couple of times today to contact the service department at Jackson Center by phone, but have not been successful.

Perhaps others here have had a direct confirmation from Jackson center on the reach of the shut down.

Given the wording of the order from the governor, it does seem likely to circumscribe most if not all work at Jackson Center.
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Old 03-23-2020, 03:30 PM   #7
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The staff of the Wally Byam Airstream Club will be working from home during this mandated shutdown as well.
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From what we're hearing in the building/construction industry, in addition to home building & other residential & commercial construction (apartments/condos, grocery/drug stores, hotels, etc.) being essential services - the building of travel trailers in general may end up being exempted as an essential service for temporary housing production.

However, your personal trailer may end up being sidetracked &/or delayed, while they produce temporary use trailers for FEMA & some States to use for quarantine quarters, housing additional medical & other essential workers who are/will be moved into high impact areas, etc.

Keep checking with trusted authorities & sources on this.

IMHO - nobody should plan on traveling to visit your "AS home planet" now, since it's non-essential travel - what with the national guidelines for not doing discretionary travel, & now Ohio's order for same plus stay at home orders.

I'm sure that Ohio's residents & medical professionals would appreciate you staying away not coming into their Home State, & those along your route, as well as you not taking anything back home with you.

Stay home, stay safe, & keep others safe.
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Old 03-23-2020, 05:32 PM   #9
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Perhaps JC can get an exemption for the full-timers who are there and in critical need of service because it is their only home. Fix and out.

Or, let them park there until the factory opens again.
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Perhaps JC can get an exemption for the full-timers who are there and in critical need of service because it is their only home. Fix and out.

Or, let them park there until the factory opens again.
I think that it's already exempted for such repairs, since that's currently covered under the Federal exemptions under "Transportation" (pg 8) -

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/f...-1-20-508c.pdf

If JC &/or AS dealers are unaware of this document, perhaps share it with them. Both dealer repair facilities & those at JC should apply, as with auto repair.

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Old 03-23-2020, 06:31 PM   #11
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From Thor’s 8-K filing:


"As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, Thor remains focused on the safety of its employees, their families, and all of the communities in which we operate. The concern for the safety of our people is always paramount but the situation of today is unique and calls for action. As state governments, including Indiana and Ohio where a substantial number of our production facilities exist, declare statewide emergencies requiring their citizens to stay at home except for limited circumstances, Thor is today announcing the temporary suspension of all of its production in North America. Additionally, a substantial portion of our production in Europe is temporarily suspended as well," said Bob Martin, President and CEO of Thor Industries.
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Old 03-23-2020, 06:54 PM   #12
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. . . Thor is today announcing the temporary suspension of all of its production in North America.
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Production only?

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Old 03-24-2020, 05:54 AM   #14
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Bob - call service to be sure but odds are the entire operation is shut down.
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I called last week. Kevin in service was optimistic that they would be able to keep service up & running. They have our email, if we are still in the dark I'll call a few days before.

The World won't end because "Cloudsplitter" is just a biggamist.

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Columbus Dispatch has the story:
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:02 AM   #17
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Key quote from above story:
Wheeler said 110 of the company’s 950 workers will remain this week and that the workforce will drop to 40 next week. Workers will remain to ship parts to dealers and in Airstream’s own service operation, Wheeler said.

So maybe the service department will stay open?

Hard to tell from article, remaining questions: Does this mean just phone operators, or does it include those actually working on customer trailers. And if so, are they taking in new jobs, or just finishing what they have currently until this blows over?

Gov says two weeks may be extended, depending, but not to be surprised if it is extended.
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Wheeler said 110 of the company’s 950 workers will remain this week and that the workforce will drop to 40 next week. Workers will remain to ship parts to dealers and in Airstream’s own service operation, Wheeler said.

So maybe the service department will stay open?

Hard to tell from article, remaining questions: Does this mean just phone operators, or does it include those actually working on customer trailers. And if so, are they taking in new jobs, or just finishing what they have currently until this blows over?

Gov says two weeks may be extended, depending, but not to be surprised if it is extended.
Thanks...our appointment is mid April, I'll ck again before leaving.🤔

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Thanks...our appointment is mid April, I'll ck again before leaving.



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I have a mid April appointment for minor warranty work and some upgrades. Received an email yesterday from my service advisor informing me that my new awning that was ordered in March for the appointment probably won’t arrive as ZipDee is shut down. However, I was asked if I still want the other work to occur. Seems to me that the appointment is still on. I’m awaiting clarification but I don’t think I will make the trip from Pennsylvania and will look to reschedule. I don’t want to chance things and want to be respectful of the circumstances surrounding this situation.
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Well, it was good that I inquired last week as they had ordered the rong parts D'oh, correct stuff ordered, BUT?
Who knows what will happen.

It's only really important if we want to use 'Cloudsplitter' on the road, as we shelter in place while moving, with no social interaction or interweb, maybe not such a bad idea after all.

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