MORRILTON, Ark. – Many companies have seen a COVID hunch this previous 12 months, however one business is busier than ever.
A Central Arkansas firm that creates headstones and memorials has been overwhelmed with tasks, some taking twice as lengthy to finish after a backlog of orders.
Travis McGee of McGee Monuments says it looks like the demand has been growing over the previous few years, however provider setbacks through the pandemic have led to delays. This implies a backlog of tasks because the caseload will increase on daily basis.
“I took over in ’93, and I’ve by no means seen it this busy,” McGee mentioned.
His firm focuses on customized monuments and memorials, some together with engravings and etchings to higher bear in mind the particular person being honored. It’s a multigenerational enterprise that has spanned a long time.
For almost two years, gross sales have spiked. McGee says a number of issues might be inflicting the frenzy, with an getting older technology a probable issue.
“The one idea I can consider is….you’ve child boomers getting of age,” McGee defined, including that COVID is also including to the inundation.
However the pandemic has additionally led to a backlog in supplies, with every thing from transportation to the clean stones taking longer to get in.
“A part of it’s issues are coming in sluggish,” McGee mentioned. “Stock’s sluggish.”
His warehouse can end 7 to fifteen markers per day, however McGee has needed to up his workers to satisfy demand – hiring extra folks and including two extra vans. Orders are additionally taking longer to finish. Tasks lasting 4 weeks now can take as much as 10 and importing a customized memorial might be half a 12 months.
“They was 4 to 5 months and now they’re seven to eight,” McGee mentioned.
Proper now, his group is chipping away on the overwhelming demand and dealing to experience out the wave.
McGee added he reached out to a few of his friends throughout the nation, and the frenzy in enterprise and associated provide delays is being felt throughout.
Proper now, McGee’s group is working their hardest to shorten the wait time and ask prospects to be affected person within the meantime.