Harvard Business Review Promotes Covid-19 strategy at Barron Ind.
Oxford, MI – With many businesses now struggling to safely re-open, the Harvard Business Review provides some guidance by promoting the Covid-19 strategy used by Barron Industries. As a government supplier, the Michigan-based casting manufacturer was required to remain open and worked with the University of Michigan’s Economic Growth Institute (EGI) to develop a plan to keep its 80 employees safe. The HBR details the containment strategy in an article written by U of M professor Dr. Scott E. Page who contributed to the project.
“Work that requires physical interactions — construction, retail, food service, entertainment, sports, medical care, education, and salons – will require significant changes to the physical environment and individual behaviors,” said Dr. Page. “In designing those changes, leaders should aim for a path-breaking strategy: creating behavioral protocols and built environments that break transmission paths.”
In his article titled “Reopening the Office? Here’s How to Stymie Transmission of Covid-19”, Dr. Page describes how Barron Industries worked with the EGI to construct a person-to-person network.
“That exercise revealed that certain individuals connected otherwise disconnected groups,” said Page. “In network theory, these are known as bridging links. In a pandemic, they can carry infection from one group to another, which is more damaging than it being carried from one person to another within a contained network.”
Barron Industries has continued operating since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic with no positive COVID-19 tests among its 80 employees.
“In addition to the valuable advice from the EGI and Dr. Page, we’ve taken all the recommended and mandatory precautions and we’ve been extremely fortunate so far,” said President and CEO Bruce Barron. “We’ve also started several new employees since the Covid-19 alert came out and we are continuing to actively hire for many new positions.”
Barron’s workforce supports the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military. They make metal components for equipment used in many aerospace and defense applications.
ABOUT BARRON INDUSTRIES
Founded in 1983, Barron Industries is a NADCAP Accredited and AS9100D Certified manufacturer of high-precision Investment Castings, machined components, and complete assemblies. Barron offers complete turnkey product manufacturing of metal components for Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Oil and Gas, and other commercial industries. Capabilities include CAD engineering, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, and complete assembly.