MANHASSET, N.Y. Electronic control products and systems company Spectrum Control Inc. said it still assessing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on its ceramic manufacturing operations in New Orleans.
Spectrum Control (Fairview, Pa.) maintains a 100,000-square foot production facility in New Orleans with 138 employees. The facility primarily makes ceramic capacitors used in the company's electromagnetic interference (EMI) products.
"The New Orleans facility had been evacuated and locked down in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina," said Dick Southworth, president and chief executive, in a statement. "Since the storm, and subsequent levee breaches and related flooding, company officials have not had physical access to the facility. Based upon available satellite imagery, however, the facility appears to have incurred limited damage."
Southworth added, "In connection with the company's ongoing need for ceramic capacitors, we have strategic safety stock in place to meet immediate production needs. In addition to our internally produced ceramics, the company has always purchased certain ceramics from several qualified external sources. Currently, we have increased our requirements with these outside vendors to absorb the temporary interruption to our internal supply chain."