Zochem is North America’s leading supplier of zinc oxide. While many people associate zinc oxide with sunscreens or as essential for the production of rubber products, it is also an important ingredient in pharmaceuticals, food additives, fertilizers, chemicals, plastics, livestock feed, and many other applications. As such, businesses such as Zochem are categorized by the US Department of Homeland security as essential to the health and welfare of the country. With that guidance, Zochem continues to staff and operate its two production plants in Tennessee and Ontario, Canada.
Zochem has a well-documented record of making safety a top priority with its workers and communities, so the company was quick to develop COVID-19 response plans that allowed it to stay in operation. The plan includes proactive measures consistent with current government guidelines to protect employees against possible exposure to COVID-19. These policies include social distancing while at work, protective gear, and telecommuting for office workers. Consistent with occupational health and safety regulations of the US and Canada, Zochem employees are already disciplined in proper hygiene and respiratory protection. The COVID-19 plan steps this up even higher. Policies that have already been implemented are numerous and include remote working for office staff. Outsider visits to the company’s facilities and nonessential business travel have been curtailed.
Commenting on the current situation, Ed Smith, Zochem VP of Sales and Marketing said, “Our highest priority is doing everything within our power to support the health and safety of our customers, team members, supplier partners, and communities. Following that, we commit to doing our part to help keep America running.” Smith continued, “Companies like Zochem are at the start of both the food chain and industrial processes. Even so, it wouldn’t take long before shortages to occur if we stopped production.” Zochem is on solid financial footing, despite the COVID-19 impacts
The zinc industry is composed of a complex web of production, processing, and end-use manufacturing critical to maintaining and ensuring food supply; production of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment; and protecting essential transportation, energy, and public works infrastructure.
As the crisis evolves in North America, Zochem will continue to assess and adjust as needed. At this time, we do not expect any business or service disruptions and maintain a commitment to working together during this difficult time. The company’s sales and customer service representatives constantly receive updated information from management and are available to answer customer questions.