In the last few days, the impact of the coronavirus has really hit home in the way it has disrupted the daily routines of hundreds of millions of people around the world, especially in our neck of the woods, as this is our home, our country, our region and our Caribbean people.
The ANSA McAL Group has been in reset and emergency mode since the latter part of February 2020.
As a matter of principle and with my personal commitment to the health, safety and security of our 6,000 employees, as well as our associates, consumers, customers and communities, I continue to emphasize that preservation of life remains our number one priority. This is not a time to panic, but certainly a time as a family, to be proactive, take the necessary precautions and play a part in protecting ourselves and each other.
Additionally, we can seek to lend further support in any way possible through the Regional Distribution side of our business. We are strategically positioned to perform key functions of distribution for a wide range of food, household items, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and supplies.
We can also be of value through our Manufacturing Sector – specifically ANSA Chemicals, the largest producer of sodium hypochlorite in the English-speaking Caribbean. Our plant produces over three million litres of chlorine, caustic and bleach per month. We also produce Chlorine Gas and Sodium Hydroxide for Water Treatment Plants and industries. We are also the agents for the Ecolab and Kemira products which supply chemicals to the Food and Beverage Sectors and Municipal Water Plants across the region.
The adage stands that no crisis should ever be wasted, and this certainly holds powerfully true for what we are facing. There will be significant financial impact, not only for ourselves, but our competitors.
Now, more than ever, we need to stay calm, be resourceful, focus on supporting each other and trust that the decisions we make are in the best interest of our employees, customers and communities.
I know that we will get through this TOGETHER. (PR)