Chief's Response to CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK


In these unprecedented times, we continue to provide our valued customers updates on Chief’s efforts to help keep your operations running smoothly during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We are staying abreast with the latest reports from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) as well as taking several precautionary measures for the health and safety of our employees and customers, including work from home protocol, continual deep cleaning of our facility, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for our in-house workers.

We are also in constant contact with our component suppliers and logistic providers in order to keep our customers up to date with any potential disruptions in their supply chain. You can find the latest information below.

As of right now, our Elmhurst, IL facility (Chief USA) is considered an essential business (according to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)) supplying the transportation and other critical infrastructure sectors and is fully operational. Furthermore, according to the Mexican Social Security Administration, our Chihuahua, Mexico facility (Chief MEX) is considered an essential business servicing the automotive industry and is open and operational.


COVID-19 Operational Updates


May 26, 2020


Chief Mexico Reopens after mandatory shutdown

Chief Mexico received approval from the Social Security Institute to reopen our Chihuahua, MX facility on May 26th.

➩ Download Official Announcement here.


May 20, 2020


Request for Updated Forecasts as Industry Opens Up

As the industry begins to ramp up, Chief is requesting udpated orders and forecasts as soon as possible, to best serve customers.

➩ Download Official Announcement here.


April 29, 2020


Udpate Regarding Chief's Chihuahua, Mexico Operations

Chief Mexico releases new purchase order and forecast protocol, to better serve our customers and protect our employees effective immediately.

➩ Download Official Announcement here.


April 3, 2020


Mexico's Secretary of Health Stops All Business Activities Not Deemed "Essential" Through 4/30/20

Effective immediately, Mexico's Secretary of Health ordered all nonessential businesses to cease operation. Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers were deemed nonessential, therefore, we have suspended operations in our Chihuahua, Mexico facility until further notice. This does not affect our Elmhurst, IL location.

➩ Download Official Announcement here.


March 25, 2020


Bosch Declares Force Majeure, Affecting Waiblingen, Germany Plant Through 4/18/20

On March 25, 2020 Bosch notified us that they are significantly reducing production from March 25th through April 4th, with their Waiblingen, Germany plant closing from April 5 through April 18. We anticipate these reductions by Bosch and reductions or stoppages of other companies within our supply chain may lead to delays in our own ability to perform. While we continue to distribute parts as scheduled given current inventory levels and expected shipments, Chief Enterprises is taking the pre-emptive step to declare a Force Majeure.

➩ Download Official Chief Announcement here.
➩ Download Official Bosch Announcement here.

Supplier Status - As of 5/29/20


*Force Majeure Declared

SupplierCurrent Status
Amphenol Sine SystemsOperating at Reduced Capacity
Clarton HornFully Operational
HongFa America, Inc.Fully Operational
Industrial Electric Wire & CableFully Operational
Ladd DistributionFully Operational
LittelfuseOperating at Reduced Capacity
LJRFully Operational
Mechanical ProductsFully Operational
MRS Electronic, Inc.Fully Operational
OptifuseOperating at Reduced Capacity
Robert Bosch GmbHOperating at Reduced Capacity*
Robert Bosch RBTYOperating at Reduced Capacity
Robert Bosch, LLC FHOperating at Reduced Capacity
Robert Bosch, LLC. BVFully Operational
Seger A.SFully Operational
Standard Motor ProductsOperating at Reduced Capacity
TE Connectivity CorporationOperating at Reduced Capacity
TTI, Inc.Fully Operational
VTE, Inc.Fully Operational
Logistical PartnerCurrent Status
C.H. Robinson InternationalFully Operational
FedexFully Operational
Edward J Zarach & Associates, Inc.Fully Operational




Safe Work Practice Resources


See how Chief and our some of our partners are reacting to COVID-19 and implementing safe work procedures to protect our employees and customers:

➩ Request Chief's Safe Work Playbook


➩ LEAR Corporation Safe Work Playbook