Wood bowling pin maker deemed non-essential, but allowed to continue anyway
April 24, 2020 | 12:02 pm CDT
LOWVILLE, N.Y. - After first being declared non-essential, one of the largest bowling equipment providers in the world has been allowed to continue operations.
QubicaAMF was declared non-essential on March 22 after New York's stay-at-home guidelines went into effect. One of the guidelines however indicated that if a business had inventory outside that could be damaged by weather, it would be allowed to work through that inventory.
Pin manager Wayne White told NNY360 News that the company's lumber stockpile is worth around $300,000. The company petitioned for it to be able to continue operations, and it was recently granted a waiver. It argued that the combination of weather conditions and the unknown amount of time the pandemic could continue could have resulted in heavy losses.
Qubica has already furloughed some of its 600 employees, and has restricted manufacturing to processing its outside wood only. It is unclear how long it will take to work through that inventory.
NNY360 reports that several local residents have complained that the company is still operating.
QuibicaAMF pretty much manufacturers everything needed for bowling alleys, including lanes, pins, and seating. It also provides house balls and rental shoes. Its primary pins are made from hardwood and white maple and feature a patented lock-in base.

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