May 13, 2020
Dear GILLIG Family, It is great to see us back at doing what we do best—building buses. I was thrilled to see the excitement on many of your faces coming back to work this week, and for the opportunity to talk with many of you. Your positive attitudes and work ethic are what make GILLIG great, and YOU are essential to our success as we surmount the challenges of the current pandemic crisis.
The past two months have been difficult. We’ve all had to make some tough decisions and sacrifices to protect our physical and economic well-being. As we see the challenges mount for our industry, we know it will take time to return to pre-pandemic levels. However, despite these challenging times, I couldn’t be more confident that we will emerge from this downturn a stronger organization.
I hope you take pride in the contribution that you make each day here at GILLIG. Each one of you in your respective roles plays a critical part in building and supporting a world-class product. You are helping our customers provide essential transportation for those who are saving lives in our hospitals, stocking shelves in our grocery stores, and getting food for their families. One of our customers, Charlottesville, VA, Area Transit, recently shared a video that is a great reminder of the importance of transit, especially during these difficult and scary times. As you would expect, the mission of our customers is strongly aligned with GILLIG’s mission:
To design, build, and support the safest and most reliable transit buses in the United States. Our products help reduce congestion, contribute to a cleaner environment, and provide mobility to all.
When you have a minute, please watch the video.
As we resume production, it’s essential that we continue to support one another and our culture of safety. Nothing is more important than the well-being of our employees, our customers, and their customers. Safety has always been a top priority at GILLIG; however, we have significantly enhanced protocols and processes to ensure the highest level of safety during these uncertain times. We can’t stop there. Each of us must also be responsible for practicing safe behaviors at work and at home to preserve the health of one another and that of our families—as well as the health of our organization.
We are in difficult times. Although we can’t control the circumstances, we can control how we respond each and every day. Each of you has demonstrated flexibility and resilience, and I’m proud to be part of this team. Thank you all for your contributions—keep up the great work!
Don’t hesitate to contact me at CEO@gillig.com. If you have HR questions, please contact Human Resources at HR@gillig.com.
President & CEO