Tononoka Group has announced the closure of business in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The group, Tononoka Rolling Mills Ltd and Tononoka Steels, both based in Nairobi, have been monitoring the COVID-19 globally since it went viral. With a workforce of about 1000 the risk of infections remains notably high at the steel mills.
“Whereas we have been in the forefront in ensuring measures as guided and instructed by the Ministry of Health are implemented and enforced within our Factories, including creating shift patterns to reduce on human interactions and crowding, we have come to the conclusion that more needs to be done to ensure that the virus is contained and chances of it being spread far and wide are mitigated especially within our places of operation,” David Kioko , the Corporate Liaison & Communication manager at the group stated.
Being one of the largest and leading Steel Manufacturers in the region, the company noted that the health and well-being of their staff and esteemed clients supersedes its business ambition.
“To ensure we play a key role in reducing unwarranted exposure to COVID-19 which has so far seen a number of our fellow Kenyans infected, we have concluded that it’s wise to voluntarily shut down our normal operations commencing from 27th March 2020 until 14th April 2020. We shall however keep following updates from the Ministry of Health from all media platforms to monitor the situation at hand,” Kioko explained.
The company is calling upon all clients to ensure all orders are picked or delivered to their respective location today – 27th March before 3pm.
“We also call upon all our Staff members, Clients, Suppliers and all Kenyans at large to be vigilant, maintain social distancing, regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and where possible always have a sanitizer at hand, more importantly limit unnecessary movement and keep yourself, colleagues, family, friends and your Country in prayers during this trying times,” Kioko added.
Tononoka Group remains committed to its own business slogan “at the Core of every Construction” and remain guided by the same. They however apologize for the inconvenience this shutdown will cause but do believe that it will support measures to overcome and fight COVID-19.