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Brey-Krause Manufacturing Company

 

MRC delivers critical guidance in the face of the Coronavirus crisis

Since 1909, family-owned Brey-Krause Manufacturing Company has produced commercial and industrial washroom accessories. All the company’s products are made at their 68,000 ft2 facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

“MRC is always one step ahead. They anticipate the need and deliver programs to meet it.”
– Vykie Whipple, Owner and CFO

Situation

Since 1909, family-owned Brey-Krause Manufacturing Company has produced commercial and industrial washroom accessories.  All the company’s products are made at their 68,000 ft2 facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Like so many others in 2020, Brey-Krause Manufacturing Company, a century-old manufacturer of commercial and industrial washroom accessories, sought to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. Although the company was identified as essential and allowed to remain open all year, they faced rapidly shifting regulations, requirements, and other nuances of doing business during a pandemic

Solution

Brey-Krause turned to MRC as a primary point of contact. Through various COVID Response Strategy Workshops—focusing at various times on OSHA requirements, loan and grant program availability, response strategies, cybersecurity for defense contractors, sales and marketing best practices, and others—they were able to successfully navigate a tumultuous year.

“Things were changing on a daily basis,” says Vykie Whipple, the company’s Owner and CFO. “It was extremely difficult to get reliable information. Between the sheer number of resources out there and the sometimes-conflicting stories, it was a confusing time. We had to stay open and keep our employees safe, and MRC made that possible.”

Whipple says MRC’s expert-led workshops delivered clear guidance on everything from the legalities and personnel issues to HIPAA concerns, sales and marketing in light of the new normal, and business-specific response efforts.

She adds that the Leadership Roundtable in particular, (conducted virtually), gave participants a chance to share best practices with other CEOs/CFOs, learning from and discussing strategies with others facing comparable situations.

On top of the COVID-related stress, Whipple says Brey-Krause experienced a ransomware attack. Her response? “MRC was my first phone call.”

Results

    • Brey-Krause attributes their survival during this critical, chaotic time to MRC’s involvement
    • With URLs provided by MRC, Brey-Krause understood what information they could trust, what employees needed to know, and how to stay compliant with the relevant regulations
    • MRC’s COVID response workshops provided the clarity Brey-Krause needed to make sense of the many and varied instructions from different agencies.

To learn more about Brey-Krause Manufacturing Company, visit their website at https://www.breykrause.com/