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AHT's COVID-19 Precautions

Read about the precautions Advanced Heat Treat Corp. is taking to ensure the continued operations and safety of our employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we do not have any plans to shut down as we service many essential industries that impact food production, energy production and more.

posted On Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Blog

COVID-19 Precautions

Last updated March 30, 2020

As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we at Advanced Heat Treat Corp., wanted to inform you that we remain open for business and are taking every precaution to ensure a safe environment for our employees and customers. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards in cleanliness and hygiene, and with the onset of COVID-19, we've become even more rigorous. Here are some additional protocols we have implemented:

Cleanliness & Hygiene

  • We are providing ample supplies of hand soap and hand sanitizers in work areas and common spaces like break rooms. Spray disinfectant bottles and paper towel kits are also available throughout the building.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfecting is occurring more often with high touch areas being cleaned multiple times per day, and in some cases, with every use
  • Additional signage is placed around our offices & businesses explaining proper cleaning/hygiene processes, a list of high touch areas, 6-foot distance markings, etc.
  • Training has been provided to employees regarding COVID-19 symptoms & prevention, AHT procedures and cleaning tips. The education and communication will continue throughout this ever-changing time
  • Employees are required to stay home if they (or someone they've been exposed to) display symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other contagious illness
  • Employees are also required report any travel - international & domestic. Social isolation is enforced according to the CDC's recommendations
  • As usual, your metal parts are handled with gloves, ensuring cleanliness and a quality product
  • We have enforced temporary policies of no handshaking, no group events, and no food sharing

Traveling & Visitors

  • While we will still receive shipments and drivers may enter our building, they are being directed to remain in specific areas and limit their time within our building
  • No unscheduled appointments are being accepted at this time
  • Employee travel has been paused
  • Our April Heat Treat & Hardness Testing seminar has been canceled

Work Conditions

  • AHT is offering flexible work hours to ensure our employees can take care of their families and relatives in need
  • Employees are able to work remote, if position allows. Customer service team members working remotely will still receive your calls seamlessly
  • For those within our buildings, we have initiated social distancing protocols, including limiting employees visiting other departments and maintaining 6-foot distances from coworkers
  • AHT is utilizing video and teleconferencing, when possible, and decreasing in-person meeting sizes to less than 10 people
  • An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to employees to help address anxiety
  • Telemedicine is offered to employees for illness symptoms and medical advice

Business Continuity

  • We service many ESSENTIAL industries such as food and energy production, so we plan to REMAIN OPEN
  • We are in communication with our vendors to ensure critical supplies/processes are available
  • Management regularly reviews our quality process for adequate back-ups of critical positions
  • With locations in three different states (Iowa, Alabama & Michigan), we have the ability to move product to another location in the unlikely event it is needed

At this time, we do not foresee any major disruptions to our business operations or our ability to serve our customers. 

We understand this time brings uncertainty, but we remain committed to our mission statement of "exceeding customer expectations with UltraGlowing results" and we turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and federal, state and local officials for all up-to-date information and relevant guidance. Please reach out to us at 319-232-5221 or via our Contact Us form if you have any questions. 

We will continue to update this page with any new updates. Please check back.