Over the last year, many cherished activities ceased, at least temporarily. Music concerts, gone; indoor dining, gone; dinner parties with family and friends, gone; but graphite manufacturing, at least at Semco, hardly hit a snag. As the world begins to re-open and we assess our lives in this unusual moment, Semco would like to take time to congratulate our employees at every level for their nearly flawless maintenance of graphite production over the course of the COVID pandemic. We feel blessed as a company that the products we make are so integral to various industries, and we feel proud that we ensured that our clients working in essential industries could count on quality graphite manufacturing over these very difficult past 15 months. Most importantly, we kept our business going strong while maintaining the health and safety of our workforce.
We know how important our work is at Semco. We have many clients that depend on us for graphite manufacturing services that are critical to their smooth operation. Our clients come from some of the most vital industries in the modern economy, and we take great pride in the small but important contributions we make to the much larger effort of supporting these critical industries. We have produced parts and components for critical operations, the petrochemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the defense industry, among others. These industries all helped people through challenging times during COVID.
Not only did Semco keep the doors open, but we did so while retaining all our shop and office personnel. We often say we’re like a family at Semco, and we really do think of one another in that way. Thus, maintaining everyone’s full employment at their positions was a top priority this past year. Our excellent crew continues to receive their paychecks, on time, every month. In any normal year, paying all employees on time would of course be standard operating procedure, but this year we consider it a huge win! The benefits to our employees and their families are huge, of course, but maintaining our talented employees through the pandemic also puts Semco in an excellent position to meet the challenges of the coming economic boom. The versatility of graphite means that it will continue to be in demand in new and emerging industries, as well as industries that are already integral to the world economy. We are ready to prosper and grow with our established and new graphite manufacturing clients as the economy heats back up and engineers and scientists find new applications for graphite, especially in exploding fields of renewable energy and battery storage.
Semco’s appreciation for its employees means that we took this pandemic seriously. Over the last 15 months, an observer at our graphite production facility in Ohio would have seen an impeccable attention to high standards of hygiene that ensured our employees were not being put at risk when they came to work. Everyone worked together on following COVID protocols, even through shifting governmental recommendations. The amazing thing is that Semco maintained over 97% on time delivery throughout the pandemic.
Looking back over the past 15 months, we have a lot to be proud of, but like everyone else, we are ready to put this pandemic behind us and have a great rest of 2021.