Published April 2020
As the situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) quickly evolves, we have taken proactive steps to protect our staff, shareholders, partners, and the communities where we live and work. Maintaining a healthy corporation and essential business functions will allow us to continue to take care of our customers, shareholders and employees. The business continuity plans and procedures we have in place have allowed us to appoint a Crisis Management Team. Our COVID-19 Crisis Management Team has led the charge in managing and leading our employees, communicating important information to all departments and subsidiaries. The team is taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, and localities where we work.
We are working with our clients to minimize the impacts the pandemic has had on the way we do business. This is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone, but we are not losing sight of the importance of our existing work and new job opportunities. We have directed our subsidiaries to explore opportunities to provide services and support for agencies like the CDC and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Targeting contracts to combat the impacts of the Coronavirus will potentially bring us new work, but we are currently winning work under the government’s normal procurement process. Ahtna Design-Build was recently awarded a $22.4M contract to do paving at Travis Air Force Base in California. Ahtna Environmental received a $1.6M award for fuel tank repairs in Marshall, Alaska. Ahtna Marine & Construction Company was recently awarded two dredging jobs in Florida worth $5.1M in total.
Preparations for our remote locations will continue with new Coronavirus precautions as safety is always our number one priority. Earlier this year, before the pandemic was declared, we held our annual safety meeting with over 100 staff in attendance to prepare for the upcoming seasonal work. While the safety messages covered in that training will always hold true, the environment in which they will be implemented might look a little different now. We will continue to adjust and evolve both our safety procedures and our operations in response to this pandemic. The aim will be to lessen the blow to our employees and our contracts, while ensuring we are providing our clients with the best service and quality possible.
We remain committed to following policies that allow our team to take care of our employees’ mental and physical wellbeing during this unprecedented time. Most of our subsidiary employees are telecommuting, while those that must come into the office are practicing physical distancing. Outside office meetings have been cancelled, along with all networking events and gatherings.
We remain dedicated to our mission of responsible economic growth for future generations of Ahtna people. I am incredibly proud of the innovative, caring and unified spirit with which our team has managed this tumultuous time. We hope you and your family are safe and healthy, and we look forward to connecting with you in better times ahead.
Tom Maloney, Chief Executive Officer