American Woodmark seeks essential status and reopening for Mexican plants
American Woodmark’s U.S. manufacturing plants use components made in Tijuana area.

WINCHESTER, Va. -- American Woodmark Corp., one of the largest suppliers of cabinetry to the new construction and remodeling industries, has announced that operations at its component plants in Mexico have been suspended through April 30, 2020. 

These operations manufacture components used by American Woodmark’s U.S. manufacturing plants largely for the home center and builder channel and to a lesser extent the company’s independent dealer and distributor channel.

The company is seeking to get these orders lifted by having the plants identified as essential to operate by the Mexican government. Cabinet manufacturing was identified as essential to the critical infrastructure within the U.S. by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

As a critical supplier to the company's U.S. operations, American Woodmark is working with the Mexican government to achieve a similar identification for their plants in Mexico. As a contingency, the company is evaluating all options, including shifting some production to its other plants, but expects at least some delays to impact its supply chain, especially if the suspension is extended past April 30, 2020.

All other American Woodmark manufacturing plants remain open and operational. The company’s locations have enhanced cleaning processes, established health screening procedures, added remote working options where possible, modified work centers and material flows with established social distancing practices, and prohibited all non-critical visitors to any site.


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