Intertape Polymer Group Provides Operations Update in Hurricane Affected Areas
MONTREAL, Quebec and SARASOTA, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP) (“IPG or the Company”) today provided an update on its operations in light of the weather-related events impacting the Eastern United States. IPG has three facilities in the Carolinas and Virginia regions where Hurricane Florence made landfall late last week. Most importantly, all team members and their families remained safe throughout the event and no injuries have been reported to date.
“Safety is a core value of our business. The impact of Hurricane Florence continues to be felt across the region with water levels a primary concern. Our number one priority continues to be the safety of our staff, their families and the communities in which they live. Our second priority is the safety of the assets. Our operations team has demonstrated a commitment and professionalism in the face of the hurricane, and its aftermath, by ensuring our team members and operations remain as safe as possible throughout the events,” said Greg Yull, President and CEO of IPG. “No material damage has been reported at any of the affected facilities. However, we have experienced some short-lived downtime at these facilities. Some of this downtime was part of our precautionary plant shutdown plans for safety reasons, and part has been due to temporary power interruptions and staffing shortages. Our operations team is monitoring the situation on the ground and are already re-initiating operations now that it is safe to do so and an appropriate level of staff are available to conduct normal operations. There may also be delays in transportation as emergency supplies shipped into the affected areas can consume transportation pipelines. We will work closely with our partner carriers to mitigate any delays in service. In the meantime, the team is actively supporting members impacted by the water levels.”
-- All Company employees are safe and no injuries have been reported -- No material damage has been experienced at any of the Company’s facilities -- Operations at the facility in Blythewood, SC, were suspended for 16 hours, with that capacity expected to be made up in the coming weeks -- Select machines were shut down at the facilities in Midland, NC and Danville, VA, due to staffing levels and/or temporary power disruptions, but operations continued at each of these facilities throughout the period
IPG is taking action to support its employees, their communities and supporting volunteer activities related to the recovery and clean up.
About Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and sale of a variety of paper- and film-based pressure sensitive and water-activated tapes, polyethylene and specialized polyolefin films, protective packaging, woven coated fabrics and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota, Florida, IPG employs approximately 3,400 employees with operations in 27 locations, including 20 manufacturing facilities in North America, two in Asia and one in Europe. For more information about IPG, visit www.itape.com.
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