COVID 19 Supply Chain Update from Gibbs

Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Our Supply Chain

March 16, 2020

To:  Our Valued Customers and Suppliers,

We want to provide you with a status report of key areas of our business that relate to the coronavirus:

Status of material supply:  We are not experiencing any disruption to our supply chain due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) at this time.  This applies to wire and strip products. 

Status of our operations: We are not experiencing any significant operational issues at this time.  We are taking all prudent measures to limit the impact of the virus on operations.  This includes allowing employees to telecommute.  It also includes staggered attendance at work in some areas.  We have also restricted all visitors to essential personnel.  All travel by our outside sales team has been curtailed.  

Status of transportation: We are working closely with our freight forwarders to ensure we have uninterrupted service.  We do see potential risks in this area that could lead to higher rates. We are monitoring this closely. At this time there has been no disruption.

We will continue to keep you updated if any of the above changes.

We wish you and your employees the very best during this challenging period. 



William J. Torres

Dedication To The Community: Bill Torres & The Wheeler Clinic

Dedication to the Community: Bill Torres & The Wheeler Clinic

Bill Torres, CEO and President of Gibbs, volunteers his time and efforts as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Wheeler Clinic in Connecticut.  As Vice Chair, his role includes membership on the Executive Committee, Board Meetings, Past Chair and current member of the Retirement Benefits Committee, as well as, Past Chair and current member of the Golf Event Committee.

Bill first became involved with the Wheeler Clinic 11 years ago when a friend invited him to assist with the yearly Golf Outing to benefit the Clinic.  Bill has been involved ever since.

In a recent discussion about his commitment to the organization Bill added, “The experience with Wheeler has been wonderful.  They are a very well run organization providing a full range of outstanding care to those in our community who are often underserved.”

Gibbs and the Torres family are sponsors of the annual Golf Outing.  If you would like to attend this year’s golf event on June 11th  or donate to Wheeler you can visit their website here:

About Wheeler Clinic

Wheeler has facilities in several communities in Connecticut including; Bristol, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, New London, and Plainville.

Wheeler provided comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues providing individuals, families, and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages recovery, health, and growth, at all stages of life.

Wheeler provides behavioral health, addiction, and primary care services across Connecticut including treatment for mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, opiate and heroin addiction, substance abuse, alcoholism, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.

This blog post is part of the #GibbsPeopleCare campaign promoting the selfless things Gibbs employees and their families do for their communities and charities.

Message from the President & CEO, Bill Torres

Making Digital a Strong Component of Our Service

Our plan is very simple: regardless of the way you want to connect with us, we want to be the best. (This is currently being referred to as an omni channel approach.)

Gibbs has a great reputation for the quality of our inside sales and our outside group and we continue to work diligently to improve in both areas. We focus our attention on making sure that our people are available, knowledgeable, and very customer focused.

We also recognized several years ago, that to truly be a world-class company in service and support, we needed to have a very robust digital component as part of our plan. No one questions that digital has become a major aspect of all our lives. It is amazing to think of how it has changed our buying habits. The change in information flow is mindboggling. (Thanks to the web, my home projects now have a much higher success rate!) Our first inclination on many things is to go to our computers and enter a search request.

Thus, our plan at Gibbs was to add digital components that would give our customers and potential customers the same type of experience they were seeing in other aspects of their web-based searches for information and purchasing. We wanted to make things easy for you. We think we have done it.

We are very pleased to talk about three digital improvements at Gibbs that we think will make your material review and purchasing decisions easier.

We have a new corporate website now available to you as or The site has been updated and enhanced in a fully responsive design for a better user experience on  gibbs_comp2mobile, tablet, and desktop. Our contact forms are simpler and easier to use along with helpful tools and information you need in regard to quality, certifications, calculators, and surcharges. Our contact information is bold and easy to find giving you the option of how you want to purchase or receive your price & delivery information. We hope that you are finding it easier to navigate and also filled with more information.

mex imageWe have a new Mexico and Latin American Web Site: is published in Spanish and English, showcasing our extensive inventory of wire and strip products available to our customers in Mexico, Central and South America. Gibbs Metals de Mexico, is located in Queretaro, Mexico.

We have developed a customer portal  This project, which was many years in the making, is now being rolled out to you. With the portal, you will have much greater access to information about your orders and our inventory, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, from your desktop or mobile device. You will be able to print and view certifications and shipping documents. You will be able to inquire about buying new material, download all open and closed orders/invoices, check ship dates, invoice status, and payment information. We will also have a chat feature available for you to message ‘real-time’ with our insides sales department, assisting you with additional information you may need.

We have installed SharePoint software to organize and store relevant documents to shorten our response time to you.  As mentioned above, we want to constantly improve your experience when talking to our inside and outside sales group. One way to do this is to greatly improve their access to information to provide fast answers. With our new SharePoint software, we will be able to provide a much larger database of information instantly available to our sales people.

Gibbs is committed to being your best service provider regardless of the channel you want to use. We are very excited to see how our enhanced digital presence helps our companies work together.

All the best

Bill Torres, President and CEO
Gibbs Wire & Steel, Inc.