Gibson Temporarily Closes Its Nashville & Montana Facilities, Gives $1,000 to Each Hourly Worker

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.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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