June 1, 2020


In connection with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois and many other states have issued orders requiring the closure of non-essential businesses. Simmons Knife & Saw, LLC is a manufacturer of industrial saw blades located in Glendale Heights, Illinois.  Simmons supplies key industries such as agriculture, food processing and medical equipment.  For these reasons, Simmons clearly meets the criteria for “Essential Business” and remained open for the duration of these orders. 


As the US continues to focus on decreasing the number of COVID-19 cases we are seeing many states, including Illinois, remove “stay-at-home” orders and implement various stages of reopening. Simmons intends to remain open and continue to manufacture without disruption.  


Other key points that may be of interest to you:

  • Operations: Simmons currently operates on 3-shifts. Our workforce is extremely cross-trained so that we can move employees to the area of need as well as provide the necessary coverage should employee(s) miss work.
  • Employees: We are screening employees for temperatures daily. We walk through a symptom checklist with every employee multiple times throughout the week. All employees are wearing masks and workstations are at least 6 feet apart. Employees who can work from home are doing so.
  • Visitors: We are currently only allowing prearranged essential visitors into our facility. Simmons is closely following CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of all Simmons’ visitors and employees.  Therefore, please note the following guidelines that have been instituted.
    • Pre-Screen: A designated Simmons’ employee will pre-screen all visitors for temperatures of 100.4° Fahrenheit and higher and for any COVID-19 related symptoms.
      • Temperatures will be taken using a forehead instant thermal thermometer.
      • Symptoms will be assessed using the Simmons’ COVID-19 Symptom Checklist.
    • Wear a Mask: Visitors must always wear a face mask.
    • Designated Entrance: Visitors are required to use the front entrance on the north side of the building to enter and exit.
    • Social Distance: Visitors should maintain 6 feet distance between themselves and others when possible.


During these trying and uncertain times, Simmons would like to wish you the best.  We are confident that we will emerge from this stronger than ever.

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