Conrad nearly unscathed by high water
Conrad Industries escaped this spring’s high water period with no equipment or facility damage and its chief executive officer expects to resume operations by the end of the month.
Johnny Conrad, who also is the company’s president, said the only adverse impact has been the temporary suspension of operations at the company’s Morgan City shipyard, located on the unprotected side of the City of Morgan City’s 22-foot floodwall on the Atchafalaya River.
“We relocated all of our production and support personnel and many of our projects to our other shipyards and continued operations at a minimally-reduced level,” Conrad said.
At the moment, Conrad said the company has returned to limited operations at its Morgan City facility and expects to resume its normal operations on or before the end of the month.
“All of our other yards have remained fully operational,” Conrad said.
He also said the makeshift levee that company officials erected at the facility to combat the high water and enable a much easier cleanup would help the company with its quick return. Without it, it could have been months before the company resumed work.
“We believe because of the efforts of our people to plan for protection and move projects to other facilities, there will be only a minimal impact on our profitability and there will not be any material adverse effect on our company,” Conrad said. “Additionally, we were able to keep our people working and expect to be able to meet the delivery deadlines committed to customers.”
Conrad thanked his employees, customers, vendors and government officials for their help in minimizing the impacts the company and its employees suffered.
“I have always been proud of our company and employees but never as much as during these trying times,” he said. “All of our employees went beyond the call of duty in planning for and protecting our shipyard, our customers’ projects and our business.”