Wilkie Mfg. LLC Response to CORVID-19
Wilkie is open for business.
Wilkie has been closely monitoring the spread for quite some time and started taking proactive steps to help insure the health and safety of our employees, their families, as well as our customers.
Enhanced Cleaning: Wilkie normally implements enhanced cleaning / sanitizing commonly touched surfaces throughout our facility at the onset of the “common flu season”. We have expanded upon this throughout the day.
Hygiene: Part of Wilkie’s ongoing safety program has always been to encourage everyone at Wilkie to practice good hygiene and have expanded on that this flu season. We have followed the “wash your hands with soap and water, and wash them frequently for at least 20 seconds every time” policy recommended by Okla. Dept of Health and the CDC.
Travel: With our spring trade shows have been either delayed or canceled, Wilkie has also limited our travel, and are avoiding all areas with high numbers of active cases.
Fortunately, we are in Oklahoma, and have seen very limited number of coronavirus cases. Our state as well as local governments have taken very proactive steps to limit the spread of the virus.
With our long term and well-established supply chain and Wilkie’s extensive inventory of key components, we have not experienced any disruption (nor do we anticipate experiencing any) or shortage of Wilkie equipment components.
Wilkie will continue to closely monitor the changing environment around us and take necessary actions to help ensure the safety of our employees and support of our clientele. Through Wilkie’s community involvement we have access to resources to assist in gauging our response, and to remain proactive. Please pray for our first responders (Fire, EMS and Police) as well as our medical personnel & facilities as they work to deal with this new virus.
Wilkie is open for business and here to assist our customers and potential new customers with service, support, part and equipment. We will continue to monitor this situation and post up dates.
Preparing Equipment Before A Storm.
Hurricane, blizzard, monsoon rains, etc., they all have large amounts of moisture involved, and before they hit you can take precautions to help your equipment weather the storm.
Grease: Every grease fitting (zert) and open face gear needs greased. The grease will form a barrier to moisture trying to penetrate, as well as being a barrier against rust. Wilkie recommends a multi-purpose type grease.
Main hinge/pivot pin, top and bottom elevation cylinder pins, base rotation bearing, all cable
sheaves (pulleys), rotation gears, winches, etc.
Weather seals for controls and switches: All seals on controls and switches should be pliable, set firmly and without cracks, tears, or any distortion. If you have a damaged weather seal and have time, it’s best to change them with a new seal. If you do not have time, then apply a thin coat of silicone sealant to the damaged area to form a weather resistant seal.
Lamp and toolboxes: Make sure the drain holes are free from obstructions and clear. Bins with twist type latches can have the internal latch mechanism adjusted to tighten the door against the weather seal. Paddle type latches can have the latch striker plate manually adjusted to increase tension between the door and seal.
Gas powered welders: Top off the fuel tank, check engine oil, and make sure the air filter is installed properly.
Truck: Top off the fuel tank and add a moisture dispersant to the fuel as preventative. Check all fluid levels and fill accordingly. Check air pressure in tires, lights (headlights, park lights, stop & turn lights. Before the storm if you have time, you might consider supplies for crews, such as water, rain coats, gloves, first aid supplies, cell phone charger, etc. In warm environments consider mosquito repellant, snacks, flashlights, etc. If you have time, if truck has battery powered tools, have all the batteries fully charged, and extra supplies like saw blades, drill bits, etc. on hand.
Fuel containers. If the truck carries fuel containers for welders, generators, etc., fill containers, and add moisture dispersant as a preventative. Store container in a secure area (tool box) make sure it is vented. If left on truck bed, make sure it is secured from wind and possible theft.