Business association leader says supply issues main concern right now

first_imgDES MOINES — Many businesses across Iowa are encouraging or ordering employees to work from home indefinitely, but it’s not an option for many of us, especially factory workers.Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, says he’s not aware of any major factory closures in the state due to coronavirus, but it’s certainly having a chilling effect on commerce.“The biggest impact for Iowa manufacturers so far is not that they have to close their doors, but that they’re experiencing issues involving their supply chain,” Ralston says. “Maybe they work with a vendor who can’t get a product to them so they can’t make their product — or they have delays in their product. That’s probably the biggest thing.”Iowans are innovative and they’re finding ways to work around their challenges, Ralston says, even during a national emergency. He adds, many Iowa manufacturers don’t keep a lot of inventory in stock, which is often a smart practice, but not so much during this situation.“What they’re doing is trying to find different suppliers, having some success with that,” Ralston says. “In other ways, they’re delayed in delivering their final product. So those are probably the two biggest things, finding other suppliers, and they’re able to do that so far, or just having delays in their delivery.”Most Iowans who work in factories can’t “shelter in place” and do their work from anywhere other than the workplace, so Ralston says employers are taking precautions.“It’s tough to have a manufacturing production worker work from home — that obviously doesn’t work,” Ralston says. “In many plants and factories, workers by nature are at least six feet apart in most situations. They’re also trying to make sure that employees, when they take breaks, for instance, that they maintain social distancing.”Ralston has a message for Iowa consumers, urging them to continue doing their part to keep the wheels of industry turning. “Be safe with your family but try to make it business as usual,” Ralston says. “Make sure the goods and services you normally purchase you’re purchasing in some way still. Pay attention to what the experts are telling us about health and safety, and as much as possible, try to make it business as usual.”The Association of Business and Industry is Iowa’s largest statewide business organization with more than 1,500 member companies representing 330,000 working Iowans.last_img read more

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Inconnu takes part in Canadian Western Championships

first_imgWe have a couple of smaller but important meets coming up for our club. The national competitions will continue in June and July so we’ll be taking what we learned from here and getting ready for that. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Speedo Western Canadian Championships brings together a great mix of Canada’s senior, youth and junior swimmers from across Western Canada. Alexandria Hedges, Eric Louie, and Griffin Ternier-Smith swam in the four-day event at the Kinsmen Centre in Edmonton, A.B. These meets are good to show us where we’re at in personal times. Sometimes we hit it perfectly and sometimes we need to go back to the drawing board and tweak. We have a lot of season left. The competition was fierce with many of Canada’s top swimmers coming from Canadian Trials last weekend. Alexandria Hedges swam 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 50 butterfly. Eric Louie had 4 events; 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly. Griffin Ternier-Smith competed in 4 freestyle events: 50, 100, 200, and 400 freestyle.  – Advertisement – A great end to the weekend was Alexandria’s 50 freestyle on Sunday night where she touched the wall third out of 10 women and snagged a bronze medal! ‘The race is so fast it’s hard to see what’s going on until the water settles and you look up at the clock,’ Coach Norah Vogan explained. ‘The entire race is usually decided within hundredths of a second (0.01) so every move counts’. But, Alexandria works well under pressure and she proved that earlier in the weekend when she tied for 10th place in her 50 butterfly. In the case of a 10th place tie, there has to be a swim-off to decide who gets to be in the final and get a shot at a medal. Alex was incredibly calm, went in aggressively, and won the tiebreaker decisively! She wanted it and got it. Eric Louie had a difficult meet with his 4 races being in two days and placed back-to-back on both days. ‘Both times Eric raced he jumped out, circled back, and raced again. It was not an ideal schedule for anyone,’ said Vogan. Despite the tough situation, Eric bested his 100 breaststroke time and moved his position from 9th to 6th place. It’s frustrating and challenging but Eric did well with it. He made finals in three of the four events and swam gutsy.Griffin Ternier-Smith did a great job with continuing to drop time in his freestyle events. Griffin is a fun swimmer to watch race. He’s relaxed, knows what he needs, and keeps chipping away at those times.last_img read more

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