GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Upper end wood furniture resource Lorts Manufacturing said it will re-open its production on May 4, following a month-long shutdown due to COVID-19.

The company ceased operations in late March to comply with a state at home order in the state of Arizona. However, it said it was able to pay employees during the shutdown and has a plan to keep employees safe as they return to work.

“They are anxious to get back to work and do what they love,” said Ty Lorts, owner of Lorts Manufacturing in a letter to customers. “Thank you for your patience during this time.”

Lorts said the company is starting to call customers to verify they are ready to receive orders and noted that the company doesn’t foresee any major changes to its normal lead times.

“If you are still under a stay at home order, we look forward to the day your normal returns,” Lorts continued in the letter. “If you are able to work from home, we will continue to answer your questions via email and next week will be able to answer phones. Be safe, be healthy and be ready for good things this year!”

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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