Message from CEO David Grzebinski
After a year like 2020, the word sustainable has taken on a whole new meaning. With the world adjusting to a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all experienced many challenges on a personal and professional level. Both our business segments, marine transportation and distribution and services, were adversely impacted due to depressed demand for our products which was amplified by low oil prices and an intense hurricane season in the late summer. Despite all the “shocks” to our Company, Kirby proved to be resilient. By exercising our pandemic response plan, Kirby continued to seamlessly deliver critical products and services to our customers while promoting safe work practices to our employees. Our commitment to a Zero Harm culture, including: No Harm to People, No Harm to Equipment, and No Harm to the Environment, remained unwavering and steadfast.
I am extremely proud of the initiative, dedication, and commitment our employees demonstrated during these difficult times. During the pandemic, we limited the direct impact of COVID-19 on our Company through exercising workplace strategies including quarantining, remote work practices and other key actions to maintain business continuity. Through a partnership with Rice University, our Stewart & Stevenson team used its ingenuity and designed and built an advanced version of the ApolloBVM ventilator in an effort to help with the low supply around the U.S. and the world during the height of the pandemic. Following the historic 2020 hurricane season, Kirby’s employees, including the Company match, raised a record$325,000 for our Kirby Disaster Relief Fund to assist their fellow employees in times of need. Recovery aid and material assistance were in high demand due to the destruction in our Gulf Coast communities, and Kirby employees stepped up to the plate. I’m pleased that in a year filled with significant economic hardships, the Kirbyspirit of helping our employees and our communities in need continued.Read More