Gibson Temporarily Closes US Offices, Offers Financial Assistance To Workers

Guitar maker Gibson has closed its facilities until further notice, in an attempt to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Gibson’s Headquarters Team, based in Nashville, will work remotely for the foreseeable future. The company also took the preventative step to temporarily close their Bozeman, Montana facility as well.

The company will provide all Gibson hourly factory workers with $1,000 in support payments. Gibson’s staff includes nearly 400 factory workers, in addition to more than 100 employees in its custom guitar shop in Nashville.

The closure was announced following Nashville Mayor John Cooper‘s order on Sunday, March 22, that all non-essential businesses should close as part of the 14-day “Safer At Home Order.”

The company noted there have been no reported cases of coronavirus among the Gibson employee base.

“At the early stages of this unfortunate and ever-evolving situation, we took a proactive approach to monitoring and prioritizing the health and safety of our entire team around the world,” states James ‘JC’ Curleigh, CEO of Gibson. “I am proud of the way our teams have responded and we now shift our focus to supporting each other to get through this together.”

Within the past year, the company moved its headquarters to Cummins Station in downtown Nashville. Curleigh joined the company as CEO in 2018, after Gibson reemerged from bankruptcy protection.

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