VILLARTA DE SAN JUAN, SPAIN — Companies that supply equipment to the grain and flour milling industries say they are maintaining production during the COVID-19 pandemic and taking extra precautions to keep employees and customers safe.

Symaga Silos, based in Villarta De San Juan, Spain, said it is following the government’s instructions to guarantee the operability and productivity of its factory and offices and safety of its team.

Office people are working remotely, while phone lines and e-mail remain operative. All employees in the production department are working to maintain full capacity, and have received hygiene and contagion prevention training.

“All drivers collecting or delivering goods are instructed by sign to remain in their trucks, so that Symaga Group employees load and unload the trucks distancing them from the drivers and avoiding risks,” the company said.

 Ocrim, based in Cremona, Italy, has adopted strict measures to safeguard employees while securing the support in terms of aftersales and assistance that customers may need. 

Italy is one of the hardest hit nations with nearly 60,000 cases as of the morning of March 23 and over 5,000 deaths.

4B Components, based in Morton, Illinois, US, is exempt from the state’s “stay at home” order as an essential business supplying products and services to the agriculture industry.

The company has implemented limited travel for all employees to business-critical only and select office employees will be working from home. Access to facilities will be limited to employees and essential vendors only.

“We appreciate your continued support and promise to do our best to provide our customers with the same excellent service you have come to expect,” said Johnny Wheat, president of 4B Components. ”Our phones are on and our e-mail is up and working as usual. Our intent is to conduct business as close to normal as possible.”

Seedburo Equipment Company, also based in Illinois, said it is continuing to operate while taking the necessary precautions to protect employees and communities.

The company is not experiencing any major supply disruptions and is working to ensure it can continue to provide service and be responsive, said Tom Runyon, company president.