Email #22 - Start of OE Production on May 18, 2020


With the middle of May approaching we have begun to see our OE customers resume production with some level of unpredictability e.g., Mercedes just announced that they are closing their plant for another week after opening on April 27th.  Based on volatility in our customer’s production we anticipate significant changes to our weekly production schedule over the next 8 to 12 weeks.  We are informing you of this now so that we all know ahead of time that we need to be prepared to flex our work schedules and assignments with little to no notice.  Until the industry has settled back into some form of normal operations, we will do everything we can as an organization to ensure that Bilsteiners are not negatively affected.    

OE production will be starting back up this coming Monday morning, May 18th with the first shift.  As you come back to work, please be aware that we have put into place measures to ensure the health and safety of all of our employees.  These measures are that everyone is to wear a mask at all times, maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others, wash hands regularly and sanitize work areas throughout the day.  Please consider your coworkers and their families when following these and understand that all Bilstein employees share the responsibility of strict compliance to these safety measures.


If Monday is your first day back to the plant you will be required to follow the steps listed below upon entering the plant:

As you drive into the facility parking lot, a Bilstein staff member will greet you.  You will receive a face mask – if you do not already have one – and an information packet.  After parking and before exiting your vehicle please put on your mask.

Enter the plant only through the main employee entrance from the parking lot.

Maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet away from all other employees at all times.

As you enter the building you will be directed to follow the green footprints on the floor down the hall and around through the café to get your temperature taken.   If there is a line, stop at the last set of footprints that are empty and stand on them.  When the line moves, move up to the next set of footprints.  Do not stand anywhere else.  Maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet away while in line.

When you get to the temperature reading station, a member of the staff will help you through the process.  It is completely hands free and very easy.  If your temperature is below 100 degrees you will receive a verification sticker.  This sticker is to be placed where it is visible while you are in the facility.  Our suggestion in on your badge.  The sticker is date coded so that it expires each day requiring you to get a new one at the start of each shift.

Every day that you come into work, you will be required to get your temperature taken in this fashion before going to work.


Once you have completed the temperature check, a member of the OE management team will review the packet of information with you that outlines the requirements and guidelines that we have implemented in the plant.

Based on our continuous improvement value & mindset, we are committed to working on improvements and safeguards to protect our employees and provide the safest possible working environment.  We ask you to support in this initiative by submitting your ideas to our COVID email hotline and our hotline 513-301-2311 (please leave a message).

We are pleased to welcome you back to work.  If you have any questions about what we have done in the plant to ensure employee safety, please ask your supervisor, a member of the HR department or the Occupational Safety and Health Department.  As always, please work safe and smart.

Attachment: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (Thermal Scanning)

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