Greetings from West Michigan. We have now re-opened our manufacturing facility. As directed by the state, we will initially support ‘Essential’ orders.
We have used our downtime to put COVID Precaution Safety Protocols in place. These protocols maximize employee protection in the manufacturing environment while we work diligently to fulfill your orders. Our COVID precautions include:
COVID Checkpoint – questions, temp screening
Triage Procedures – a safe place, a health check, and return to work procedures
Staggered Shifts, distancing, masks/shields, gloves, plexiglass partitions, etc.
Closed Common Areas – lunch room, vending, coffee, refrigerators, etc.
Facility Sanitation – before and after shift
Maintain ‘Work from Home’ Policy – for those whose job function allow it
Regarding your orders…
If your orders shifted out, you should have already received new acknowledgments.
If changes to your existing order, please call your customer service representative as soon as possible.
For new projects, please call to verify current lead-times as we return to full capacity
We appreciate your business. We thank you for your continued support. We look forward to serving you now and in the future. Please join us in staying healthy and staying strong. We are all in this together.
Greetings from West Michigan. As you may have heard, The State of Michigan has extended its “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order through May 1st, 2020. In support of the Nation, our State and our local community we are complying with these orders. That means our manufacturing facilities will remain closed and anticipate resuming production on May 4th, 2020. We are establishing new manufacturing protocols to ensure the safety of our employees and products shipped. We will communicate these protocols to you over the coming weeks. The lead times on your orders will be affected. Our customer service team has already started the process of adjusting schedules and will communicate to you on affected projects as soon as possible.
Some of you have asked about the government-mandated “essential orders”. We will prioritize these orders and are looking at ways of accommodating these requests. Essential orders need authorization from the end customer in the form of a signed letter on their specific letterhead. We will do our best to accommodate these requests. We appreciate your patience during this time.
In-house orders will be receiving a new acknowledgment with a revised ship date.
New orders will continue to experience extended lead times when we resume production
Your customer service contact will be your point of contact to determine a go-forward plan for your order.
We understand some orders may need to be modified. Please call customer service for details.
Although our manufacturing facilities are closed, our quoting and customer service group are open and eager to work with you through existing and new orders. We understand this is a stressful time, full of uncertainty. Our goal is to provide you with the same excellent customer care and quality products you have come to expect from Great Openings. Please join us in staying healthy and staying strong. We are all in this together.
At 12:00 AM today, the State of Michigan is under a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that restricts in-person work not necessary to protect or sustain life, until April 13th. Therefore we are required to close down our manufacturing plants in Ludington and Manistee, MI until April 13th.
We will have a crew working remotely, in order to provide important sales and support communication you have come to expect from Great Openings. During this time we will be engaging with customers with affected product ship dates to make alternate arrangements.
In-house orders will be receiving a new acknowledgement with a revised ship date
New orders will experience extended lead times as we resume production
Your customer service contact will be your point of contact to determine a go-forward plan for each situation
This is a fluid situation, we will communicate regularly as events unfold. We appreciate your support during this difficult time. We are all in this together as individuals and businesses. Please stay safe and healthy!
It has been 25 years since Great Openings has needed to expand its manufacturing facilities. We have done a fantastic job over the past decades utilizing lean manufacturing principles which enabled the company to grow and operate within our existing facilities. However the time has come to expand our facility that manufactures our locker product line. The growth we see in our locker product line over the last several years is the reason for this expansion.
We will be expanding our facility in Manistee (Fab Lite) by 40,000 sq., this will double the size of this facility. We make many of our Great Openings products at this plant which include Lockers and Large Case-goods. By adding an additional 40K SF of space, we are growing our capacity and our Locker offering to meet the increasing demand for Lockers in office, education, and healthcare applications. Facility expansion completion is December 2019. Stay tuned and we will keep you abreast of the building progress and expanding product offering.
By the way, this site has breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. If you are in the area, we would love to show you around.
Marty, a work surface storage solution perfect for tight spaces
Marty is ideal when paired with height adjustable tables and benching applications. At just 8.75″ wide, and notched to the height adjustable table beam, Marty is the perfect solution for storing those items that need immediate accessibility. Marty opens with a gentle touch-latch for a simple, clean look. Option Marty with a Qi wireless charger embedded in the top shelf. Make her look fabulous with a variety of accent colors. Marty stands ready to assist you alone or paired with her companion products; Bill and Flip.
Our lockers are our fastest growing category. We showed some new Locker explorations based on observation and customer interaction. Take a peek in the quick tour as well as finding additional information below. We also see a new category emerging that we call Personal Storage. Its colorful, its mobile, and it focus’ on storing personal stuff way more than paper. You both bring and collect a lot of objects and documents throughout your day. You will see Chester, Lester, Slim, Molly, Bill, and our newest addition Marty make an appearance.
New Locker Explorations based on observation and customer interaction
This is our exploration into a ‘premium locker’ domain. Accommodating mobile workers in Third Party spaces, Corporate Business Centers, Shared-Office Spaces, are increasing common and a growing market trend. In this application we have thought through the needs of an executive that uses these spaces. One might fly in in the morning, need a place to hang-up their coat, stash their bag, and store their stuff. The nomad locker recognizes their importance to the company and grants them the respect they deserve. An RFID lock is opened by their badge. Our exec is greeted by the warmth of a light when they open the door. Their needs are attended to personal care items. They can go meet their colleagues with all the things they will need to collaborate and work together by taking a Slim along with them to their appointment. Its everything you need to deliver an executive experience.
Lockers are playing a new role office, healthcare, and higher education applications. We are being asked for flexibility. Flexibility is locker size, in multiple user access, and in varied function (power to charge devices). The large lockers can hold a backpack and gym bag. Varied locker size options accommodate different user’s need for size.
Great Openings has a full line of laminate locker options. These lockers have been customized with a 9” base area to make the lower lockers more easily accessible. The side returns and the raised base also make them feel more built-in.
The returns on the side provide a chase to route either high power or low voltage modular power.
In this case, we are taking our standard height locker and putting them underneath the work surface. On one side, we have included it with adjustable height shelves and included fabric bins. The fabric bins can be assigned to specific projects so the team has immediate access to important stuff.
On the opposite we show the same locker with a different function. In this case, it’s a place in a free address office where a ‘Concierge’ can take care of your personal stuff. This locker is broken up into different zones. Top zone stacks the doc and paper you collect throughout the day. The next zone hold your work tools that everyone needs intermittently but does want to see the clutter. The next zone could be for your personal nutrition. Everyone needs an occasional healthy snack throughout their day. Its essential to our well-being. The lowest zone could hold your shoes. Its more and more common of people to come in a walking shoe and change into a business casual work shoe.