We are facing an unprecedented situation in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. On March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a “Shelter in Place” order for Michigan residents – with some exceptions – which has since been amended and extended many times.
But sheltering in place just isn’t something the agriculture industry can do. Animals need to be fed and preparations need to be made for the quickly-approaching crop season. The executive order recognizes that many businesses cannot shut down and, as producers of food and feed products, Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. and its affiliates are exempt from the order. Through these difficult times, we remain open and are committed to serving our customers to the fullest. The ZFS soy plant in Zeeland, Michigan continues to operate fully, producing soybean meal, hulls and oil, and the new ZFS Ithaca, LLC plant of in Ithaca, Michigan is also operational and crushing soybeans and producing co-products.
Because the health and safety of our customers and employees is of utmost importance, some small changes have been made to the operational standards at Zeeland Farm Services and ZFS Ithaca. Specifically, we ask that drivers at either of the sites in Michigan remain with their trucks or at the scale booths as much as possible, and follow the guidelines of social distancing that have been issued by the State of Michigan, including limiting direct contact with employees inside the scale house. Our employees have been instructed to do the same.
If you do need to enter any ZFS facility, we ask that you please wear one of the required face masks.
We are in this together and appreciate your cooperation.
Read the full statement here http://www.zfsinc.com/covid-19-update/