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Building Product Factories Remain at Full Speed Despite COVID-19 (So Far)

Mohawk Group factory in Glasgow, Virginia

How Building Product Manufacturers Are Working Though This Pandemic

By Jacob Louis Slevin (reprinted in part here--click link at bottom for full text)

With the outbreak of Covid-19, architects, designers and adjacent professionals are desperately searching for indicators to help determine just how seriously the industry will be impacted. Last week, I published a chart illustrating that specification activity that we’re tracking post outbreak is chugging along at a fairly similar pace as always. Though circumstances may change day-to-day, I’ve confirmed no change since March 19, which is encouraging. 


Now, I want share some of my findings in communicating with a number of the industry’s largest building product manufacturers. Let me begin by emphasizing that manufacturers are still very much in business and working tirelessly to meet the demands of their customers. In fact, some manufacturers are reporting an increase in orders. 

According to Jane Hawkins, A&D Market Manager at Armstrong Flooring, “We are seeing heavy levels of activity as owners and contractors are hoping to complete their projects quickly.” She continues, “I’m also seeing a lot of sample requests from those architects & designers who are working from home now.” 

Similarly, Elizabeth Margles, VP Marketing at Caesarstone, reports, “We have not experienced any fall-off in orders and our business remains strong as we continue to support our customers across all channels.”