Asbury Carbons COVID-19 Response

April 7, 2020

To Our Customers and Partners:

We are living in unprecedented times, fighting a global pandemic that none us of could have predicted. At Asbury,we’re in week 3 of executing our COVID-19 response plan across all of our plants and offices in North America and Europe and I’m happy to say that right now, all locations remain open and are operational with little to no delay in order fulfillment and supply chain operations.

That said our facility in Torres, Mexico focused exclusively on the production of amorphous graphite products, will be halting operations by the end of this week as we work to better understand the “non-essential” business directives of the Mexican government which are very difficult to understand. We anticipate filing for an official waiver to operate by the end of the week noting many “critical end use” application of amorphous graphite in North America including essential medical end use. We have healthy inventory of material located in the US to continue to supply for at least 60 days for most products with processing capability at alternative sites in the US and Europe. Sales representatives will contact those customers who may be affected in coming days.

In as much as we’re operational, we continue to encourage all customers to place orders as early as possible in order to ensure we can meet their essential needs.

The fight is not over though, as we expect the peak to still be a few weeks ahead of us. Even with that, there has been some good news in that the newly reported COVID-19 cases curve “is flattening” a bit in some of the hardest hit areas, nonetheless, Asbury remains vigilant in its response to this virus and will continue to be until such time as it is eradicated.

To that end, we continue to revise our response plan as needed to ensure the safe keeping and well-being of our employees, customers and partners. We’ve increased social distancing, developed and implemented additional rigorous cleaning protocols including contracting with professional cleaning services, enhanced safety measures on our loading docks and most recently we’ve added the use of temporal scanners at each location so all employees reporting on-site can be scanned for temperature before starting their respective jobs.

We continue to receive letters of support and thanks from customers; our gratitude for them is immeasurable and where would we be without the commitment and dedication of our employees, their efforts to keep us up and running throughout the pandemic define the phrase “Asbury Strong”!

Updates on our operational status will be made as frequently as possible through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

As always, thank you for your business, your trust and your support. We are committed to doing everything possible to maintain the health and well-being of our people and yours as we collaborate on beating the COVID-19 pandemic as we supply essential materials to a vast number of critical industries.

Regards,

Noah Nichelson
President

Asbury Carbons, Inc.

 

 

 

FOR GENERAL RELEASE
April 3, 2020

Contact:

Noah Nichelson
nnichelson@asbury .com
908 537-2155

Asbury Carbons CEO Steps Down

Stephen Riddle steps down after more than 40 years of Service at Asbury Carbons

ASBURY, NJ - April 3, 2020 - Asbury Carbons, Inc. announced today that Stephen Riddle has
stepped down as CEO effective February 25th, 2020. Riddle, a fourth-generation manager at
Asbury, served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2011.

"Stephen was a fixture at Asbury Carbons, building industry relationships and serving in many
roles. We thank him for his four decades of dedicated service." said Stan Tilton, Chairman of
Asbury Carbons Board of Directors. "While we will miss Stephen's day-to-day influence, he
remains a Director and significant Shareholder. The Board of Directors is confident that Asbury
has a strong leadership group supporting a capable and dedicated global team engaged in the
execution of our strategic plan."

Stephen Riddle represented the fourth generation of the Riddle family, who founded Asbury
Carbons as Asbury Graphite Mills in 1895, to work at the corporation. Today the company uses
its long history of success to springboard into other ventures that capitalize on Asbury Carbons’
ability to grow and innovate in the graphite industry and beyond.

The Asbury Carbons, Inc. Board of Directors has no plans to immediately fill the, now vacant,
CEO position, and instead, those responsibilities will fall to the current President, Noah
Nichelson in coordination with the Asbury leadership team.

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About Asbury Carbons, Inc.

Asbury Carbons is a strong and growing family of companies and a major supplier of natural and
synthetic graphite, cokes, coals, and all carbon products, as well as a variety of raw materials
used around the world. It continues to earn its position as the world’s largest independent
processor and merchant of graphite for more than a century and remains committed to the
thoughtful expansion of product lines to ensure that high-quality raw materials are seamlessly
delivered to the world’s cast metals and industrial markets, ensuring customer needs will always
be met. For more information log on to asbury.com

 

April 2, 2020

To Our Customers and Partners:


Today I am happy to report that all of our plants in North America and Europe are online and functional, this includes our PEC Friction Fighters location in Crystal Lake, IL who has returned to production 5 days sooner than initially planned. We remain grateful for the State of Illinois’ approval to re-establish operations as an “essential business”. 
The team at PEC is working diligently to fulfill the order backlog from their brief closure and has increased social distancing among all employees to ensure their safety and well-being.

Our Dequincy, LA (Southwestern Graphite) facility is also back online and operational after a 2-day closure for intensive cleaning following our COVID-19 response protocols. All of our facilities globally are now in the process of implementing further enhanced exposure reduction protocols including intensified cleaning, social distancing programs and temporal fever scanning of all employees reporting to work all aimed at doing everything possible to reduce exposure risks to our people and those we interact with in the value chain.

All plants, with the temporary exception of PEC, continue to fulfill customer orders without experiencing increases in production delays or order delivery lead-times, this too is a function of Asbury’s COVID-19 response plan. Our Customer Service, Sales and Technical Services teams are also fully operational and ready to support our customer’s needs. We continue to encourage all customers to place orders as early as possible in order to ensure we have adequate visibility of essential customer needs for production planning purposes in this dynamic environment.

As I’ve mentioned in previous updates, we’re eternally grateful for the support we’ve received from our customers. Today we’re especially grateful for one whom has graciously provided us with additional hand sanitizer for use in our plants, I cannot say enough about touched we are to have such a caring customer base.

The Asbury team also continues to impress; their strength and resilience throughout this challenging time is steadfast and second to none!

Updates on our operational status will be made as frequently as possible through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

As always, thank you for your business, your trust and your support. We are committed to doing everything possible to maintain the health and well-being of our people and yours as we collaborate on beating the COVID-19 pandemic as we supply essential materials to a vast number of critical industries.

Regards

Noah Nichelson
President
Asbury Carbons, Inc.

 

March 31, 2020

To Our Customers and Partners:

I am pleased to report that to-date, Asbury continues to have no reports of positive COVID-19 tests for any of our employees, including our Leadership team. We are challenged, however, in that we have a few employees at our Dequincy, LA (Southwestern Graphite) plant reporting symptoms that required medical assessment. Therefore, in accordance with Asbury’s COVID-19 response plan and to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and partners, this facility was closed on March 30th for 2 days of intensive cleaning; the site is targeted to be reopened with enhanced social distancing, and cleaning protocols in place, on Thursday, April 2nd. We do not anticipate significant delivery delays as a result of this current action.

Asbury’s Leadership team has developed a thorough process to be utilized in the event that one of our locations has employees that experience COVID-19 symptoms. This process, which was enacted at our Dequincy facility, addresses protocols for; cleaning, re-establishing operations, load-balancing the fulfillment of customer orders across other qualified facilities and for succession planning within each Asbury location. Our Core Values of “Health and Safety First”, “Customer Focused” and “Integrity” continue to guide us through this endeavor.

As stated last week, our PEC Friction Fighters location in Crystal Lake, Illinois, remains shut down in accordance with the State of Illinois recent shelter-in-place guidelines. However we have just received authorization from the state of Illinois to restart operations as an “essential business”. We anticipate operations on site to resume no later than April 6th.

All other Asbury sites in North America and Europe continue to operate with no significant production outages or extended lead times to report. We continue with enhanced cleaning and distancing protocols at each site and will be adding scanning of all employees reporting to work for fever before entering the site.

We continue to receive letters of support from customers naming Asbury as a critical supplier, for which we are eternally grateful. In parallel we receive letters daily from customers thanking us for our proactive approach letting them know we are open and here for them; these notes are true testament to the Asbury team’s commitment to customer
service.

I cannot say enough about how proud I am of our employees. I continued to be humbled by the cohesive team response of our people, we are and will continue to be Asbury Strong!

Updates on our operational status will be made as frequently as possible through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

As always, thank you for your business, your trust and your support. We are committed to doing everything possible to maintain the health and well-being of our people and yours as we collaborate on beating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regards,

Noah Nichelson
President
Asbury Carbons, Inc.

 

March 26, 2020

To Our Customers and Partners:

I am happy to share that over the past several days we have been able to resume operations at our Rodeo, CA, and Kittanning and Sunbury, PA facilities. We are grateful the State of Pennsylvania and California for following CISA federal critical infrastructure operations definitions allowing us to operate as an “essential manufacturer”.

Our PEC Friction Fighters location in Crystal Lake, Illinois, remains shut down. We have submitted a petition to the State of Illinois accompanied by several letters of support from CISA exempt customers all naming PEC as a critical element of their supply chain. The PEC Leadership team continues to communicate with its customer base to keep them updated on their situation and anticipated timeline to restoring full operations. Aside from PEC, all other Asbury facilities remain in full operation.

All other Asbury sites in North America and Europe continue to operate. To date, we have no significant production outages or extended lead times to report.

The Asbury Sales team continues to receive letters from customers expressing their need to retain our company as a critical suppler of their respective essential businesses, and we are truly humbled by their responsiveness.

Our first Core Value is “Health and Safety First” and, as such, we have programs in place to ensure our employees have sustained supplies of bottled water, PPE, cleaning and disinfectant products, with social distancing policies engaged as well. These protocols reduce the risk of exposure to our customers and partners as well.

We’ve also enhanced our communications with each employee by establishing additional new vehicles to reach each and every one of them and we’ve implemented a program to recognize and reward our “front line” employees who stand the most risk of exposure. The Asbury employees never cease to amaze me; their devotion to serving our customers and working through the toughest of situations is unparalleled.

We continue to make every effort to keep you informed of our current operational status through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

Thank you for your business, your trust and your support.

Regards,

Noah Nichelson
President
Asbury Carbons, Inc.

 

March 23, 2020

To Our Customers and Partners:

As you know, these are challenging times for all of us, but rest assured that your Asbury team is working to ensure our ability to serve you continues with little, to no interruption.

To that end, we are pleased to share that our petition to the State of Pennsylvania clarifying our position as an “essential manufacturing” operation under federal CISA protocols was endorsed as we support numerous essential and life-sustaining businesses. As such our Sunbury (Anthracite Industries) and Kittanning sites have restarted operations effective 3/23/2020 after a brief 1 day shutdown.

In addition, the State of California, has established CISA standards for establishing ongoing essential operations, which will allow us to restart operations in our Rodeo facility effective 3/24/2020.

Recent shelter in place rulings in both Michigan, New Jersey and Louisiana are also following CISA guidelines and as such our locations in all three states will continue to operate as normal.

Our Friction Fighter-PEC location in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has ceased operations today under the Illinois “shelter in place notice in place until April 7, 2020. At this time PEC is not authorized under CISA exemption, however we are working with our customers to identify which if any are CISA exemption to continue operating which may allow us to restart the operations prior to April 7th. The leadership team on site is working with customers directly to keep customers abreast of the developing situation.

To date we have received dozens of letters from customers expressing their need to retain Asbury as critical supplier for their essential businesses, and we graciously thank them as their support has helped to make a difference.

We have conducted an assessment of our entire supply chain and we continue to be confident in our ability to supply consistently for nearly all of the products we produce. Any supply concerns have already been communicated to effected customers.

Our entire leadership team continues to remain in good health and we have no reports of COVID-19 positive tests among our 400+ employees or members of their households at this time. Our corporate and site leadership teams remain in constant contact, ensuring we have the most up to date and relevant information in order to proactively manage the situation on a site by site basis. We are implementing additional hygiene protocols to ensure that we continue to reduce exposure risks to our team members and partners as a first priority.

I’ve never been more proud of a collection of people in my entire career. The Asbury family is truly “all hands on deck” supporting each other and our partners in an amazing display of empathy and effort.

We continue to make every effort to keep you informed of our current operational status through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

Regards,

Noah Nichelson
President
Asbury Carbons, Inc.

 

March 20, 2020

Dear Asbury Partners,

As of now we have 3 sites on mandatory “shut down orders; Rodeo California, Sunbury Pennsylvania (Anthracite Industries) and Kittanning, Pennsylvania sites are shut down. We are working to move orders from each site to alternative sites in New Jersey, Louisiana and Michigan. Our sales and customer service team will notify customers of any impact to current orders.

In parallel we have petitioned both the state of California and the state of Pennsylvania for exemption to operate as we support a large number of “life sustaining” end use applications with the materials we provide. We hope to have a positive response on those petitions early next week as we use state and federal elected representatives to support our petition efforts.

Our entire leadership team is in good health and we have no reports of COVID-19 positive tests among our 400+ employees or members of their households at this time.

Our corporate leadership team and site leadership teams are in nearly constant contact today ensuring we have the most up to date and relevant information in order to proactively manage the situation on a site by site basis.

We will make every effort to keep you informed of our current operational status through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

We are grateful for your partnership with Asbury and your continued trust in us.

Regards,

Noah Nichelson
President
Asbury Carbons, Inc.

 

March 17, 2020 

Asbury is celebrating its 125th year of operation this year. Through this time we have survived 2 world wars, a great depression, a great recession, hurricanes, floods, 9-11 and more. We will survive this temporary COVID-19 crisis, as imposing as it may seem, drawing the strength from our past and a resolve to drive together into the future with our business partners.

Accordingly, Asbury has implemented a comprehensive dynamic COVID-19 exposure control plan, set in motion nearly 2 weeks ago, designed to reduce exposure risk to our employees and partners including; strict travel around the world, moving to flexible work shifts, “work from home” implementation, conducting meetings in virtual space, prohibiting visitors and supporting ill employees self-quarantine actions if necessary.

As of now all Asbury sites remain fully operations, with the exception of our Rodeo, California facility which, is under a mandatory “shelter in place” order until April 7th. The facility in Rodeo serves a limited number of customers, primarily located on the West coast of the US. Our team is actively working with effected customers as we speak to provide alternative products from other site. Our entire leadership team is in good health and we have no reports of COVID-19 positive tests among our 400+ employees or members of their households.

Asbury has established global protocols to ensure production operations continue through this most challenging of times. Redundancy exists for nearly all production processes at multiple sites and raw material inventories remain relatively healthy with greater than 6 months of inventory on hand for most materials housed strategically in our operating sites. A few niche raw materials remain in tight supply and customers effected have been contacted proactively by our sales team as we wait for supply streams to loosen globally.

Our corporate leadership team and site leadership teams are in nearly constant contact today ensuring we have the most up to date and relevant information in order to proactively manage the situation on a site by site basis. It’s possible lead times may become extended if our operating sites do eventually move to a slower cadence thus we would highly recommend placing forward looking orders as soon as possible so we can effectively
plan our production capacity and respond to your projected needs proactively.

We will make every effort to keep you informed of our current operational status through your typical internal contacts and through notification on our website at asbury.com/about-us/news.

We are grateful for your partnership with Asbury and your continued trust in us.

Regards,

Noah Nichelson
President
Asbury Carbons, Inc.