COVID-19: Darby Wire Mesh Updates

Today is Monday, March 30

1:25pm: President Trump extended social distancing guidelines until April 30. As an essential and life-sustaining business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Darby will continue to operate as best as we can and as the environment allows. We have been and are continuing to conduct business as usual. 

We are still practicing social distancing and disinfecting key areas of our facility as often as possible. We are encouraging any employee who feels ill to stay home. We have also suspended any non-essential visits to our facility and will not be accepting walk-in customers.

We are still prioritizing outgoing orders, and our team is eager to help our customers, big and small, during this uncertain time. We’re starting to see an increased demand in certain items and current supply levels are starting to dip a bit. Please be sure to contact us with your requirements. Be safe!!

Today is Thursday, March 26

9:39am: Business almost as usual for Darby as Coronavirus continues. We are working hard to meet the requirements of our varied customer base. Please contact us directly, via email or phone, to discuss your requirements.

Today is Wednesday, March 25.

10:43am: Another day, and we’re pushing hard to get important orders out of the door. Our entire crew has been working hard to fulfill as many orders as possible. The good news is that lead times for stock items are now back to a few days to ship. Custom manufactured items are still on schedule, with some of the tougher, more complicated specifications, taking a few days longer than expected. We’ll continue to monitor things and keep you in the loop. If you currently have an order in house, please contact your salesperson and request a status update.

We continue to be impressed by our shipping partners, namely UPS and the various motor freight carriers we use. We’re continuing to use CDC recommended protocols. We thank them for their dedication and efforts during this time!

Today is Tuesday, March 24.

11:40am: During this unprecedented time, we are using this platform to provide daily updates to our customers, suppliers, communities, and friends. We genuinely appreciate your support during this difficult time.

We are still operating, while maintaining social distancing and practicing CDC recommended procedures. It’s been a challenge, no doubt, but in our own small way, it’s our responsibility to continue to serve our customers. As an example, our wire mesh discs are used to assemble MRI machines throughout the United States. Failure to supply our product will jeopardize our customer’s ability to produce these machines. There are countless other examples that we hope to share with you over the coming days and weeks.

Finally, we would like to thank all of our customers, who have contacted us, asking what they can do to support us and make sure we continue to work. Your support during this difficult time makes the challenge worthwhile.  

Today is Monday, March 23.

12:39pm: Essential Business Compliance Statement:

Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. is categorized as an essential business by the State of Pennsylvania under the updated Industry Operation Guidance as “Metal Wholesaler” in the Wholesale Trade sector. Darby is categorized as an essential business by the City of Philadelphia under the Mayor’s Order No. 2, section G.9, Essential Infrastructure and Industrial Business and Activities “Wholesale Trade”.

Darby supplies essential goods and parts to manufacturers in the Pharmaceutical, Defense, Construction, Food Processing, and Health and Hospital equipment industries.

Today is Friday, March 20.

11:52am: As many of you know, wire mesh is an extremely versatile industrial product used in countless industries and applications. We often say that wire mesh is used by NASA engineers and hog farmers and everyone in between. We are suppliers, both directly and indirectly, to life-sustaining businesses. As an example, we are diligently working with our copper wire mesh to satisfy an order used in an air filtration application in hospitals. The hypothesis of scientists, doctors, and medical experts is that these copper mesh filters limit the spread of COVID-19. To that end, we are still operating on a day to day schedule.

We are also doing our best to prioritize outgoing orders, based on industry served and perceived application. Often times, we do not know the exact use of our supplied wire mesh, but, given the circumstances, we’re trying to ascertain that information. The wellness of our employees and communities remain the utmost of importance.

And again, this is an extremely fluid situation, subject to change, day by day and hour by hour.

Today is Thursday, March 19.

3:33pm: Thank you for your support and patience during this volatile time. Currently, we are still operating, and we are asking our customers to be patient and understanding. Typically, we are able to ship stock items in a day or two. Given the situation, we are currently running up to one week to ship stock and readily available items. Custom manufactured items are still on schedule with lead times still relatively accurate. Should you have an order in house and will not be able accept the delivery, please let us know as soon as possible.

Again, this is a fluid situation and subject to change without notice.

Today is Wednesday, March 18. 

12:09pm: Darby remains hard at work servicing our customers and attempting to make the best out of a difficult and unpredictable situation. We are still working with a short-handed crew, and our team’s attitude remains determined.

At this time, we have decided to suspend all sample orders for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your support, and we will let you know when we can begin fulfilling samples.

9:12am: Darby recently received clarification from local and state governments that we are permitted to stay open as an essential business. We also learned that UPS and many motor freight carriers will continue to operate for the time being. We are actively working to continue business operations, and we’ll be updating things here throughout the day. More details to follow!

Today is Tuesday, March 17th. 

3:03pm: We are working as safely and as hard as possible with a skeletal crew at the moment. Our priorities remain our employees, our customers, and our community. We are working with our partners to minimize business interruptions and attempting to proactively address potential issues as soon as possible. If you are a current customer – and have an order in house or a pending order – please feel free to contact us via email at: [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions you may have. Be safe and we’ll speak soon!

1:27pm: Please continue to check this page for the latest updates as it relates to Darby’s operations. Thank you and be safe!