President’s Message: The Path Forward
While most of us are happy to have 2020 behind us, we are starting 2021 in an environment that is no less challenging. As we head into what looks like the most difficult phase of this pandemic, Harkins continues with our established protocol of wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and using thermal imaging cameras, which have all been vital measures in keeping our employees and our trade partners safe.
One of the biggest challenges we are facing as a result of the pandemic relates to the disruption of the supply chain. The ripple effect of material delays and shortages is impacting our projects today and will continue to do so in the coming months.
Harkins has been leveraging our 55-year history and relationships with our clients, design teams, key trade partners, suppliers, and vendors to ensure that we are receiving the most up-to-date information about materials. By involving the Harkins team early in the project and making decisions promptly, we can obtain materials with long lead times well before they are needed, in lieu of just-in-time contracting.
Though vaccines are on the way, I encourage everyone to continue practicing safe routines until they are no longer needed. Even with material shortages and the pandemic, Harkins continues to have a steady backlog and offers an optimistic outlook for our continued growth and success. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I know we will get there and be a stronger company after going through this journey together.