Fast forward to 2020. As COVID-19 continues to take a toll on the health and financial stability of American workers, businesses across the country are adapting to stay afloat. Thirty-five percent of small businesses report plans to increase investments in the upcoming year, nearly double the number that plan to reduce investments, according to a July 2020 survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tim’s foresight to adopt new technology has paid off. “This past year, we had our best year ever. We’ve put six new machines in, hired four new people, and brought in a specialist on some new equipment,” he tells WorkingNation. Despite nationwide supply chain disruptions, as well as mandatory shutdowns of non-essential Pennsylvania businesses due to COVID-19, Tim says the company is still busy. He discovered that Ashby is considered an essential business, in part, because of its customer base. The company manufactures and supplies safety products used by firefighters and the U.S. Department of Defense.