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Updated January 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM CT

What is a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster?

COVID-19 vaccine boosters and additional vaccine doses are now authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the CDC for certain people.

What is a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

A COVID booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine given after the protection provided by the original shot(s) has begun to decrease over time. Typically, you would get a booster after the immunity from the initial dose(s) naturally starts to wane. The booster is designed to help people maintain their level of immunity for longer.

Who can get a Booster Shot?

Updated December 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM CT

New CDC Guidelines

GlassCraft employees should follow the new CDC guidelines regarding Covid updated isolation and quarantine periods (see attached link).

Do not come to work if you are showing symptoms, regardless of your vaccination status. If you are at work and begin to feel symptoms, immediately isolate with a mask and do not contact your manager or any employee in person – call or text your manager.

Updated March 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM CT

Covid-19 Update

Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that beginning next Wednesday, March 10th, Texas will be open 100% and there will no longer be a statewide mask mandate. However, businesses can continue to implement their own safety protocols in dealing with COVID-19. GlassCraft will continue to require employees to wear masks while at work for the foreseeable future, but will allow people to move between all work zones when necessary for work purposes.

The COVID-19 vaccines should be available to everyone in the next 60-75 days. We strongly encourage all employees to get the vaccination as they have been shown to be highly effective in preventing the virus. According to the CDC, all of the COVID-19 vaccines have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials and make it substantially less likely you will get COVID, and if you do end up getting it, the vaccine may also keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated also may protect people around you, particularly people at risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Vaccinations are an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Continuing to wear masks and social distance help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

Updated December 30, 2020 at 2:30 PM CT

Covid-19 Update

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a good time to look back on a year that has turned out much differently than anyone could have imagined. While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong we are as a company, even in the toughest of times. Thank you all for the hard work and commitment you’ve shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us successful as a company.

COVID UPDATE
We currently have 2 active cases at GlassCraft (they are nearing the end of their quarantine and expected back at work soon). Please continue to be vigilant with our COVID protocols and be safe over the New Year holiday.

MANAGEMENT UPDATE
The new year is bringing some changes to our management team. Noel Bowman will be joining GlassCraft as our new Director of Operations on Monday, January 4th. Noel has significant experience in Quality and Operations management, a key focus for 2021, and we look forward to benefitting from his insights as he takes on this new role. Angelo DeCaro will be resuming his former duties as our company consultant. Angelo is a valued contributor to GlassCraft and we will continue to rely on his expertise as we move forward in this new direction. Those employees who currently report to Angelo will report to Noel beginning next Wednesday, January 6th.

SCHEDULING UPDATE
Reminder, we are closed this Friday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.

Updated December 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM CT

Employee Recognition 2020

 

As the end of 2020 approaches, we would like to take a moment and recognize two valued GlassCraft employees: 2020 Employee of the Year, Thomesa Plattenburg and Luis Taborda for 25 Years of Service at the company. We can not do what we do without our amazing employees and the dedication and commitment they put in each and every day at GlassCraft.

Updated November 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM CT

Covid-19 Rate Update

Houston’s COVID-19 positivity rate, daily new cases, and hospitalizations recently increased for the first time since the summer surge. This is concerning, especially as we enter the holiday season when people spend more time indoors and traditionally gather with family and friends. We have the power and responsibility to work together to keep businesses and schools open and protect vulnerable populations.

To protect each other, we need to do these simple things:

  • Mask up by wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose – this is mandatory for all GlassCraft employees when on company property (including breaks and going to and from your car)
  • Avoid touching frequently touched items such as door handles, switches, buttons, tools, computers, telephones, etc.,
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when changing between locations such as your car and a store…or between departments at work.
  • Social distance at least six feet from other people and avoiding gatherings – this is mandatory for all GlassCraft employees when on company property
  • Get tested. If positive, text or call your manager and isolate. (Getting tested at Houston Health Department-affiliated sites is free, fast and safe. (https://houstonemergency.org/covid-19-testing/
  • Make these habits part of your daily routine.
  • DON’T STOP. DON’T FORGET.
  • Until a vaccine is widely available, these are our best tools to slow the spread.

For More News & Alerts on Covid-19, visit the Houston Emergency Operations Center website at https://houstonemergency.org/covid19/ Also, visit www.glasscraft.com/mygc for specific company news or alerts.

Updated August 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM CT

Weather Update

Based on the latest information from the National Weather Service regarding the path of Hurricane Laura, GlassCraft will be open Thursday, August 27th with normal business operations, weather permitting. As always, please stay safe. If you have concerns coming in tomorrow due to weather related conditions, please contact your manager.

We are continuing to monitor the movement of the storm, and should the need arise for GlassCraft to remain closed tomorrow, an alert via text will be issued.

Mistake Made Tracker

Updated August 3, 2020, at 4:30 PM CT

Updated June 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT


GlassCraft  Zero Mistakes Cash Incentive
Starting today, June 15th, GlassCraft is launching the Zero Mistakes Cash Incentive, ending July 14th!

All employees are eligible to receive a cash bonus of up to $250 each (to be paid on August 1st) based on our ability to limit mistakes on our outgoing products and service.  Starting with orders received today, we will count all the mistakes that WE cause, so the more mistakes we make…the lower the cash bonus.

Here is how the incentive works:

  • 0-10 errors:                         $250/per person
  • 11 – 15 errors:                   $200/per person
  • 16 – 20 errors:                   $150/per person
  • 21 – 30 errors:                   $100/per person
  • 31 – 40 errors:                   $50/per person
  • 41 errors or more:             $0

Let’s show our customers how great our products and service can be by delivering ZERO MISTAKES, all while earning some extra cash as we meet our goals. GlassCraft wants everyone to participate and benefit from this… so start double-checking all the orders and shipments as they are packed! We want Zero Mistakes and employees with pockets full of money!

(We will NOT count problems that we do not cause ourselves and we will not count errors that occur before June 15th).

We will keep you updated with weekly progress reports during the contest.

Updated June 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT

Covid-19 Update

This is just a reminder that we need to remain vigilant in doing our part to not spread the virus as there has been a recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Houston area.

  • Social Distance
  • When possible avoid close contact with others both at work and away from work
  • Wear facemasks all the time when you are at GlassCraft
  • Avoid touching frequently touched items such as door handles, switches, buttons, tools, computers, telephones, etc.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when changing between locations or between departments at work.
  • Disinfect items as often as possible you frequently touch
  • Every time you enter your home wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face unless you are sure that your hands are clean.

Houston recently announced a new coronavirus threat level system that helps residents know what they need to do to avoid spreading the virus. We are currently at a Level 2/Minimize ALL Contacts: A significant and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning that there is ongoing transmission of the virus and that testing and contact tracing capacity is likely sufficient to meet demand. At this level, residents should minimize contact with others, avoiding any medium or large gatherings and only visiting permissible businesses that follow public health guidance.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/06/10/announcement-on-future-of-harris-county-stay-home-work-safe-order-expected-soon/

Updated May 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM CT

Covid-19 Update

I have just learned that a large door manufacturing company in California was closed down on Friday due to a COVID-19 outbreak.  All of you at GlassCraft have done a great job in keeping us all healthy…thank you for your attention to this…and let’s make sure GlassCraft stays open for business!

Please keep it up! Social distancing continues to be important. When possible avoid close contact with others both at work and away from work. Wear facemasks all the time when you are at GlassCraft and when possible elsewhere. Avoid touching frequently touched items such as door handles, switches, buttons, tools, computers, telephones, etc. Clean hands often by washing with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when changing between locations such as your car and a store…or between departments at work. Disinfect items as often as possible such as keys, steering wheels, seat belts, wallets, purses and other items you frequently touch. Every time you enter your home, before you do anything else, wash your hands. When out in public try and avoid touching your face unless you are sure that your hands are clean.

We are fortunate that our business and the building products industry continues to be busy.  I will make sure that we communicate clearly with all of you as we continue through this challenge.

Thank you again for your working together and keeping us all healthy.

Sincerely,

John Plummer

Updated April 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM CT

Governor Announces Phase One to Reopen Texas

Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Phase One of the plan to Open Texas will begin on Friday, May 1. Phase One will permit all restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters and malls to open to up to a maximum of 25% occupancy. In addition, museums and libraries will be allowed to reopen and churches will be able to increase their capacity. Single-person offices may reopen as well. The Governor’s Stay at Home Order will expire on Thursday, April 30 and will not be extended.

Governor Abbott stressed that social distancing practices must be followed so that the spread of COVID-19 slows and that other sectors of the economy can reopen in the near future. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow for Phase One.

The Governor’s Executive Order will also prohibit any local executive orders that require residents to wear face coverings from imposing any fine or punishment. This makes Harris County’s order unenforceable.

Executive Order

Open Texas Report

*Please note, the Open Texas website is experiencing heavy traffic, and these links may not work right away. If you cannot open them, please try again later.

Updated April 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM CT

Mandatory Face Coverings Required for
30 Days Beginning Monday, April 27,2020

A new Harris County order mandating face coverings when outside your home was announced yesterday (see below).

A reminder, while at GlassCraft, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in all production spaces and voluntary in the front office.  We are providing masks on Mondays and Thursdays while our supply can support it (we may have to go to Mondays only if we are unable to restock our inventory due to industry shortages). We will continue to implement our 7 safety zones until further notice – it is important that you stay in your assigned zone.  Please don’t get complacent, we must continue to practice safe workplace precautions such as social distancing, washing your hands often and not touching your face. If you feel sick, you should not come to work. Thank you to all employees for your hard work and cooperation as we navigate this crisis.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a new order yesterday mandating that everyone over the age of 10 wear a face covering when outside their home. This order will be in effect at 12:01AM on Monday, April 27, 2020 and will continue until May 26, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Full Text of the Order can be viewed here: https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home

Understanding the Order When leaving your home and when in public places all persons over the age of ten (10) must wear some form of face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

• Public places include pharmacies, grocery stores, public transit, or work areas where it is difficult to maintain the recommended 6 feet of social distance.

• Face coverings may be a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, as long as it covers the nose and mouth (see link below on how to make your own).

Exceptions to Mandatory Face Coverings You must wear a face covering at all times, except:

• When eating or drinking; • When you are exercising or doing physical activities outdoors;

• When you are alone in a single space, indoors or outdoors;

• When you are at home with other family members who live with you; or,

• When wearing a face covering poses a mental, physical, safety or security risk (i.e. someone who has trouble breathing).

Choosing and Wearing a Face Covering Harris County cannot provide face coverings to residents. We encourage residents to purchase or make a face covering to wear. When choosing a face covering, we encourage residents NOT to use medical or N-95 masks so they remain available for health care providers and first responders. The CDC provides instructions on how to make different types of cloth face covering from items in your home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

The CDC recommends that all face coverings should:

• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

• be secured with ties or ear loops • include multiple layers of fabric

• allow for breathing without restriction

When wearing a face covering, it is also important to:

• Avoid touching your nose or face, or readjusting mask often

• Do not using disposable masks more than three times; and

• Wash reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.

Continue Good Health Habits Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing because these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus. Enforcement Failure to wear a mandatory face covering under this Order is punishable by up to $1,000.

Updated April 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT

Confirmed Covid-19 Diagnosis at GlassCraft

We have just learned that one of our employees is confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was tested on March 23rd and has not been at the plant since that date (9 days). The employee’s coworkers and those individuals who had close contact have been notified, and the appropriate measures have been taken to ensure a safe workplace. The coworkers have not exhibited any COVID19 systems, which is good news as the virus usually becomes symptomatic in 4-5 days after exposure. We have instructed them to stay at home for several days, and we will check in with them sometime next week.  I encourage anyone with concerns to contact our Human Resources Department. Due to privacy concerns, I cannot share the identity of the employee.  This valued employee is under the care of a qualified health care provider and will not return to work until they have been cleared and are no longer in danger of spreading the virus. The good news is that this employee is doing well under the circumstances, and our thoughts and prayers are with them while they recover. As I have said before, the health and well-being of our employees is our top priority. I want to assure you that we take this very seriously while continuing to ensure the continuity of our operations in the best way possible.

Once again, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, then you should not come to work.  Rather you should stay at home, and contact Xochitl or your supervisor. GlassCraft will send an employee home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at work, which include a cough and a fever. The employee cannot return to work unless symptom-free for a 24-hour period.

I promised to communicate with you in a transparent manner and will continue to do so throughout this global health crisis as it affects GlassCraft and our employees. We knew a positive Covid-19 case at our place of business was a very real possibility and we have prepared for it, doing everything possible to limit exposure and keep you safe. I want to thank each of you for continuing to show the commitment and dedication that makes this company great. We will weather this storm. I know we will soon be back to normal, manufacturing the best doors by the most amazing employees in the industry.

Sincerely,

John Plummer

Updated April 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM CT

DHS Designnates Residential Construction
as ‘Essential Infrastructure Business’

Department of Homeland Security designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business”. The designation enables home building firms to keep their businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic and help to stabilize the housing industry and its supply chain in the near term.”

More information found here.

Updated March 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT

Essential Critical Infrastructure Work

On March 24, the City of Houston and Harris County issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe Order” requiring individuals to remain at home OR a place of work, with exemptions for essential work.  On March 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a memorandum requiring that employers serving the critical infrastructure industry have a special duty to maintain their normal work schedules in order to prevent any disruption to the supply of agricultural goods, electricity, food, gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, residential shelters, telecommunications, transportation, and water. 

GlassCraft Door Company supplies products that have been deemed critical infrastructure work, specifically doors as building products. As a result, GlassCraft intends to make every effort to comply with CISA’s and the City’s and County’s mandates. We will remain open as required by these orders.

The following is from the City of Houston web page:

•Essential businesses can remain open. The Stay Home, Work Safe Order exempts essential workers covered in 16 CISA categories found here.

•Families First Coronavirus Response Act found here.

The list of critical business can be found here.

•Individuals may leave their residence only to perform “Essential Activities”

•People working from home do not have to shelter in place or lock down. 

•Groceries stores, pharmacies, gas stations, parks and other areas will remain open.

•Bars and nightclubs will remain closed; restaurants will offer only food takeout and delivery.

•People should practice social distancing.

•Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

Here is a link to the City and County requirements found here.

The CDC’s guidelines with regard to COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

More information regarding the Stay Home, Work Safe Order found here.

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Updated June 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT


GlassCraft  Zero Mistakes Cash Incentive
Starting today, June 15th, GlassCraft is launching the Zero Mistakes Cash Incentive, ending July 14th!

All employees are eligible to receive a cash bonus of up to $250 each (to be paid on August 1st) based on our ability to limit mistakes on our outgoing products and service.  Starting with orders received today, we will count all the mistakes that WE cause, so the more mistakes we make…the lower the cash bonus.

Here is how the incentive works:

  • 0-10 errors:                         $250/per person
  • 11 – 15 errors:                   $200/per person
  • 16 – 20 errors:                   $150/per person
  • 21 – 30 errors:                   $100/per person
  • 31 – 40 errors:                   $50/per person
  • 41 errors or more:             $0

Let’s show our customers how great our products and service can be by delivering ZERO MISTAKES, all while earning some extra cash as we meet our goals. GlassCraft wants everyone to participate and benefit from this… so start double-checking all the orders and shipments as they are packed! We want Zero Mistakes and employees with pockets full of money!

(We will NOT count problems that we do not cause ourselves and we will not count errors that occur before June 15th).

We will keep you updated with weekly progress reports during the contest.

Updated June 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT

Covid-19 Update

This is just a reminder that we need to remain vigilant in doing our part to not spread the virus as there has been a recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Houston area.

  • Social Distance
  • When possible avoid close contact with others both at work and away from work
  • Wear facemasks all the time when you are at GlassCraft
  • Avoid touching frequently touched items such as door handles, switches, buttons, tools, computers, telephones, etc.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when changing between locations or between departments at work.
  • Disinfect items as often as possible you frequently touch
  • Every time you enter your home wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face unless you are sure that your hands are clean.

Houston recently announced a new coronavirus threat level system that helps residents know what they need to do to avoid spreading the virus. We are currently at a Level 2/Minimize ALL Contacts: A significant and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning that there is ongoing transmission of the virus and that testing and contact tracing capacity is likely sufficient to meet demand. At this level, residents should minimize contact with others, avoiding any medium or large gatherings and only visiting permissible businesses that follow public health guidance.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/06/10/announcement-on-future-of-harris-county-stay-home-work-safe-order-expected-soon/

Updated May 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM CT

Covid-19 Update

I have just learned that a large door manufacturing company in California was closed down on Friday due to a COVID-19 outbreak.  All of you at GlassCraft have done a great job in keeping us all healthy…thank you for your attention to this…and let’s make sure GlassCraft stays open for business!

Please keep it up! Social distancing continues to be important. When possible avoid close contact with others both at work and away from work. Wear facemasks all the time when you are at GlassCraft and when possible elsewhere. Avoid touching frequently touched items such as door handles, switches, buttons, tools, computers, telephones, etc. Clean hands often by washing with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when changing between locations such as your car and a store…or between departments at work. Disinfect items as often as possible such as keys, steering wheels, seat belts, wallets, purses and other items you frequently touch. Every time you enter your home, before you do anything else, wash your hands. When out in public try and avoid touching your face unless you are sure that your hands are clean.

We are fortunate that our business and the building products industry continues to be busy.  I will make sure that we communicate clearly with all of you as we continue through this challenge.

Thank you again for your working together and keeping us all healthy.

Sincerely,

John Plummer

Updated April 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM CT

Governor Announces Phase One to Reopen Texas

Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Phase One of the plan to Open Texas will begin on Friday, May 1. Phase One will permit all restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters and malls to open to up to a maximum of 25% occupancy. In addition, museums and libraries will be allowed to reopen and churches will be able to increase their capacity. Single-person offices may reopen as well. The Governor’s Stay at Home Order will expire on Thursday, April 30 and will not be extended.

Governor Abbott stressed that social distancing practices must be followed so that the spread of COVID-19 slows and that other sectors of the economy can reopen in the near future. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow for Phase One.

The Governor’s Executive Order will also prohibit any local executive orders that require residents to wear face coverings from imposing any fine or punishment. This makes Harris County’s order unenforceable.

Executive Order

Open Texas Report

*Please note, the Open Texas website is experiencing heavy traffic, and these links may not work right away. If you cannot open them, please try again later.

Updated April 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM CT

Mandatory Face Coverings Required for
30 Days Beginning Monday, April 27,2020

A new Harris County order mandating face coverings when outside your home was announced yesterday (see below).

A reminder, while at GlassCraft, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in all production spaces and voluntary in the front office.  We are providing masks on Mondays and Thursdays while our supply can support it (we may have to go to Mondays only if we are unable to restock our inventory due to industry shortages). We will continue to implement our 7 safety zones until further notice – it is important that you stay in your assigned zone.  Please don’t get complacent, we must continue to practice safe workplace precautions such as social distancing, washing your hands often and not touching your face. If you feel sick, you should not come to work. Thank you to all employees for your hard work and cooperation as we navigate this crisis.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a new order yesterday mandating that everyone over the age of 10 wear a face covering when outside their home. This order will be in effect at 12:01AM on Monday, April 27, 2020 and will continue until May 26, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Full Text of the Order can be viewed here: https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home

Understanding the Order When leaving your home and when in public places all persons over the age of ten (10) must wear some form of face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

• Public places include pharmacies, grocery stores, public transit, or work areas where it is difficult to maintain the recommended 6 feet of social distance.

• Face coverings may be a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, as long as it covers the nose and mouth (see link below on how to make your own).

Exceptions to Mandatory Face Coverings You must wear a face covering at all times, except:

• When eating or drinking; • When you are exercising or doing physical activities outdoors;

• When you are alone in a single space, indoors or outdoors;

• When you are at home with other family members who live with you; or,

• When wearing a face covering poses a mental, physical, safety or security risk (i.e. someone who has trouble breathing).

Choosing and Wearing a Face Covering Harris County cannot provide face coverings to residents. We encourage residents to purchase or make a face covering to wear. When choosing a face covering, we encourage residents NOT to use medical or N-95 masks so they remain available for health care providers and first responders. The CDC provides instructions on how to make different types of cloth face covering from items in your home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

The CDC recommends that all face coverings should:

• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

• be secured with ties or ear loops • include multiple layers of fabric

• allow for breathing without restriction

When wearing a face covering, it is also important to:

• Avoid touching your nose or face, or readjusting mask often

• Do not using disposable masks more than three times; and

• Wash reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.

Continue Good Health Habits Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-feet social distancing and hand washing because these remain important steps to slowing the spread of the virus. Enforcement Failure to wear a mandatory face covering under this Order is punishable by up to $1,000.

Updated April 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT

Confirmed Covid-19 Diagnosis at GlassCraft

We have just learned that one of our employees is confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was tested on March 23rd and has not been at the plant since that date (9 days). The employee’s coworkers and those individuals who had close contact have been notified, and the appropriate measures have been taken to ensure a safe workplace. The coworkers have not exhibited any COVID19 systems, which is good news as the virus usually becomes symptomatic in 4-5 days after exposure. We have instructed them to stay at home for several days, and we will check in with them sometime next week.  I encourage anyone with concerns to contact our Human Resources Department. Due to privacy concerns, I cannot share the identity of the employee.  This valued employee is under the care of a qualified health care provider and will not return to work until they have been cleared and are no longer in danger of spreading the virus. The good news is that this employee is doing well under the circumstances, and our thoughts and prayers are with them while they recover. As I have said before, the health and well-being of our employees is our top priority. I want to assure you that we take this very seriously while continuing to ensure the continuity of our operations in the best way possible.

Once again, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, then you should not come to work.  Rather you should stay at home, and contact Xochitl or your supervisor. GlassCraft will send an employee home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at work, which include a cough and a fever. The employee cannot return to work unless symptom-free for a 24-hour period.

I promised to communicate with you in a transparent manner and will continue to do so throughout this global health crisis as it affects GlassCraft and our employees. We knew a positive Covid-19 case at our place of business was a very real possibility and we have prepared for it, doing everything possible to limit exposure and keep you safe. I want to thank each of you for continuing to show the commitment and dedication that makes this company great. We will weather this storm. I know we will soon be back to normal, manufacturing the best doors by the most amazing employees in the industry.

Sincerely,

John Plummer

Updated April 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM CT

DHS Designnates Residential Construction
as ‘Essential Infrastructure Business’

Department of Homeland Security designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business”. The designation enables home building firms to keep their businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic and help to stabilize the housing industry and its supply chain in the near term.”

More information found here.

Updated March 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT

Essential Critical Infrastructure Work

On March 24, the City of Houston and Harris County issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe Order” requiring individuals to remain at home OR a place of work, with exemptions for essential work.  On March 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a memorandum requiring that employers serving the critical infrastructure industry have a special duty to maintain their normal work schedules in order to prevent any disruption to the supply of agricultural goods, electricity, food, gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, residential shelters, telecommunications, transportation, and water. 

GlassCraft Door Company supplies products that have been deemed critical infrastructure work, specifically doors as building products. As a result, GlassCraft intends to make every effort to comply with CISA’s and the City’s and County’s mandates. We will remain open as required by these orders.

The following is from the City of Houston web page:

•Essential businesses can remain open. The Stay Home, Work Safe Order exempts essential workers covered in 16 CISA categories found here.

•Families First Coronavirus Response Act found here.

The list of critical business can be found here.

•Individuals may leave their residence only to perform “Essential Activities”

•People working from home do not have to shelter in place or lock down. 

•Groceries stores, pharmacies, gas stations, parks and other areas will remain open.

•Bars and nightclubs will remain closed; restaurants will offer only food takeout and delivery.

•People should practice social distancing.

•Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

Here is a link to the City and County requirements found here.

The CDC’s guidelines with regard to COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

More information regarding the Stay Home, Work Safe Order found here.