Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNL) announced today that first quarter shipments for the Metals Segment (excluding Palmer of Texas) were up 3.6% on a pounds basis over last year. Bookings and backlogs were up from 2019 levels by approximately 30% on a pounds basis and 19% on a dollars basis. Specialty Chemical Segment shipments were down 7% on a pounds basis, but total revenues were up approximately 2.6% on a dollars basis, resulting from a favorable product mix shift to more value added contract manufactured products. "Synalloy's operating units are included in the list of critical infrastructure sectors designated by the Department of Homeland Security and have been in full operation throughout the first quarter. Several of our businesses have been directly involved in supplying critical products such as hand sanitizer from our Chemicals Segment and ornamental tubing from ASTI for the medical sector. We are proud to assist in any way that we can with the COVID-19 outbreak," commented Craig C. Bram, President and CEO.
Synalloy has decided to suspend manufacturing operations at its Palmer of Texas business, effective April 1, 2020. "This reduction in force, while difficult, is necessary given the unprecedented impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the oil and gas industry, and particularly in the Permian Basin. While Palmer's financial performance in January and February was in line with the 2020 plan, we have witnessed heavy cancellations and postponements in our order book throughout the month of March. We will maintain a very small group of employees at this facility until further notice. We hope to resume manufacturing operations at Palmer when pricing and demand in the oil and gas industry and the Permian Basin normalize," commented Bram. Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNL) is a growth oriented company that engages in a number of diverse business activities including the production of stainless steel pipe and tube, galvanized pipe and tube, fiberglass and steel storage tanks, specialty chemicals and the master distribution of seamless carbon pipe and tubing. For more information about Synalloy Corporation, please visit our website at www.synalloy.com.
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