COVID-19

Our Commitment to Health + Wellness

To protect the health + wellbeing of our customers, employees, and the entire community, and in accordance with Minnesota’s Safe At Home Executive Order 20-20 our showrooms are closed for walk-in customers from March 30th until April 10th. Please call us at (320) 252-9385 to schedule an appointment for a future showing.

WE ARE OPEN FOR PICK UP AND DELIVERY.
For immediate assistance please call (320) 252-9385 or your salesperson and we will pull your order and deliver it or have it ready for you to pick up.

Thank you for your care and understanding.

To:  Simonson Lumber Customers
From:  Richard Hobbs, CEO
Date:  March 20, 2020
RE:  COVID-19/Coronavirus

As you know, we are a family first company and the health and safety of our employees and yours are our number one priority!  With the ongoing changes and challenges presented by the COVID-19/Coronavirus, we are continually reviewing and updating our plans to address the various situations our employees encounter daily.  To date, we have encouraged social distancing, additional cleaning and working from home as available as well as following CDC illness prevention recommendations.

As part of our commitment to our employees, customers and our community we are asking that our employees further practice social distancing by limiting in person visits to you and that you limit in person visits to us.  We enjoy nothing more than seeing you in our stores or at your jobs sites, but in light of the challenges of this virus we feel this is the best way to keep everyone healthy and at work.  We understand that there may be times where we need to meet in person and we welcome you to come in.  We are thoroughly cleaning offices and common areas of our store and our employees are well versed on social distancing and will make every effort to keep you healthy while you are here. 

Make no mistake, we are here to serve you!  We simply ask that you contact us via email, text or phone to communicate your routine needs and place your orders.  This will allow us to prep your order and have it ready to load when you arrive or we are happy to deliver it to you.  Please don’t be surprised at our quick in/out of the yard interactions, we remain committed to providing you the highest quality of customer service that you have come to expect, just a little faster.

We appreciate your understanding and we look forward to seeing you, in person, again soon!  Until then stay safe and healthy!

To:  Simonson Lumber Vendors
From:  Richard Hobbs, CEO
Date:  March 20, 2020
RE:  COVID-19/Coronavirus

As you know, we are a family first company and the health and safety of our employees and yours are our number one priority!  With the ongoing changes and challenges presented by the COVID-19/Coronavirus, we are continually reviewing and updating our plans to address the various situations our employees encounter daily.  To date, we have encouraged social distancing, additional cleaning and working from home as available as well as following CDC illness prevention recommendations.

As part of our commitment to our employees, customers, vendors and our community we are asking that our employees further practice social distancing by limiting in person visits and that you limit in person visits to us to emergencies.  In the event of an emergency, please contact us to make an appointment.  For the foreseeable future please contact us via email, text or phone to communicate your routine needs and check in.  We enjoy nothing more than seeing you in our stores, but in light of the challenges of this virus we feel this is the best way to keep everyone healthy and at work. 

We appreciate your letters indicating your commitment to keeping supply operations as normal as possible and with limited disruptions and we hope to continue to do the same for our customers and appreciate your understanding.  We look forward to seeing you, in person, again soon!  Until then stay safe and healthy!

Minnesota Deems Homebuilding Essential

Today Governor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order establishing a shelter-in-place mandate for all non-essential businesses and persons. The order begins on Friday, March 27 through Friday, April 10. The order requires that all non-essential business and operations must cease. Many companies have been declared as critical sector work and will be allowed to operate during this period, subject to the rules below.

Here’s what you need to know:

Construction Businesses have been declared as a Critical Sector.  

Construction and critical trades. This category includes workers in the skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers, HVAC and elevator technicians, and other related construction of all kind.

This category also includes exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, moving and relocation services, security staff, operating engineers, and all other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of homes and residences and the Critical Sectors listed in this Executive Order.

Real Estate Transactions. This category is limited to workers who facilitate and finance real estate transactions and real estate services, including appraisers and title services.

The order requires several key requirements that all essential infrastructure businesses must read and incorporate:

  • Minimum Basic Operations
  • Essential Travel
  • Social Distancing & Required Measures

The essential work performed by our industry in providing housing carries on. Minnesotans are relying on us to provide critical housing infrastructure in a most challenging time. I know our industry will meet the moment and we will emerge from this stronger. Be safe.

Original article can be found here: https://blog.housingfirstmn.org/minnesota-deems-homebuilding-essential/