Barrett delivers first US-made order during COVID-19
While the rest of the world is hunkering down during COVID-19, Barrett Communications is ramping up its operations, having just delivered its first order of US-made Barrett 4050 HF SDR transceivers.
This range is the first of the Barrett 4000 series to be manufactured in the USA, following an initial order from a US state government department.
It signifies an ongoing relationship that both Barrett and its US representative, Royal Communications, have had with the nation’s federal and state departments for quite some time.
Barrett CEO Andrew Burt said he is grateful to have been able to maintain the firm’s operations during COVID-19.
“It has been important for us and our customers that we maintain an operational business and continue to fulfil orders.
“As always, our employee health and safety has been our paramount focus. We have been working with our staff on realigning our current developments and manufacturing processes to ensure employees’ safety is upheld,” he said.
Although the business has been operational, it has experienced supply chain issues and logistical challenges.
Burt said the firm had been grappling with delays on inbound components and outbound finished product deliveries.
“Many countries around the world have closed their borders, limiting goods both leaving and entering the country. The movement of battery packs, classified as ‘dangerous goods’, has posed the most significant challenge with the reduced access to commercial freight-forwarding services. We continue to work closely with our customers to both minimise and mitigate any potential delivery delays,” he said.
Barrett currently operates out of two manufacturing facilities in New York State and Western Australia, from which it delivers to more than 150 countries around the world.
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