As we marched through the last couple weeks of 2020, a year of great professional and personal challenges, “resilience” was the word that most came to mind to describe Semco Carbon. All year long we have persevered in the face of adversity (as most of the country did). Our graphite fabrication business has remained strong and our customers well served and happy. None of this came easy. We may have been forgiven, then, for hoping for a smooth year end. It was not to be. 2020 decided to throw one last curve ball at us.
At the beginning of the last week of the year, just as many of us were arriving at work, one of Lorain’s main water pipes, running alongside the back of our building, burst. This was a 20’’ main, and its rupture opened quite a hole in the ground, filling our backyard with water and shutting the water down for hours. Luckily, the water did not enter the building and degrade any graphite materials or ruin any machinery. We are thankful for that.
I mentioned “resilience” as the word of the year here at Semco. In this case as well, we soldiered through. With all the necessary essentials (bottled water and such), we continued machining and graphite fabrication. Through a couple days of the water shortage caused by this main break, we nevertheless managed to track 100% on-time delivery. In fact, December overall tracked 100% on-time delivery, a testament to our team’s determination and commitment. If December is a good reference, 2021 should be a great year for Semco. We persevered through a challenging time in 2020, and our hope is that an reinvigorated US economy in 2021 will allow us to showcase the positive strides we have taken in 2020 and build on those successes. Now, let’s just have a smooth vaccine rollout and no more unforeseen water main breaks.