Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Honeywell Salisbury sent out a great reminder on how to wash insulating gloves and sleeves:

“As a reminder to our Honeywell Salisbury Insulating Glove and Sleeve customers and users, the best advice to ensure that these items are clean and maintain their insulating properties is to follow the ASTM guidelines ‘In-Service Care of Insulating Gloves and Sleeves’ and ‘Visual Inspection of Electrical Protective Rubber Products’ (ASTM F496 and F1236).

Washing your gloves and sleeves with mild soap as outlined in the ASTM F496 standard is the best way to ensure your gloves and sleeves are clean. Per the standard, “The gloves and sleeves shall be washed with a mild soap or mild detergent and water. After washing, the gloves and sleeves shall be thoroughly rinsed with water to remove all soap or detergent and dried. Mild household type chloride bleach may be used for disinfectant purposes. Soaps, detergents, and bleaches shall not be used at strengths that would attack or harm the rubber surface.”

Honeywell Salisbury’s line of SCRUBS cleaning towels and Super Salcor Cleaners are non-petroleum-based natural rubber and hand cleaners that are designed to be safe on your insulating rubber gloves and sleeves. Using petroleum-based cleaners can damage rubber gloves and sleeves and compromise their insulating properties.

Regarding hand sanitizers, it is recommended to use hand sanitizers that are produced with one or more of the following alcohols: Ethanol, n-propanol, or isopropyl alcohol. These three alcohols are not harmful to the gloves or sleeves at room temperature. Hand sanitizers should include alcohol levels above 60% and should not have fragrances or scrubbing beads. Wiping gloves at room temperature with one of the three alcohols is fine as well.


Clean and inspect the Honeywell Salisbury face shield after every use. Use of mild soap with warm water followed by a pat dry is recommended. Always refer to the user manual for further detailed instructions.

Garments and fabric components should be washed regularly using warm water and a mild detergent. The water temperature should be warm but no higher than 165°F. Tumble dry at normal temperature. Always refer to the user manual for further detailed instructions.

Chlorine bleaches such as those containing sodium hypochlorite, oxygen bleaches such as hydrogen peroxide as well as soaps (salts of fatty acids) should not be used to wash the PPE either separately or in detergents as they may affect the protective properties of the PPE. Fabric softener, detergent containing fabric softener, or dryer sheets should not be used during dryer cycles. Use of disinfectants can harm the arc flash rating and should only be used if recommended.”

To Our Valued Customers: Updated 3/23/2020

General Pacific (GenPac) remains open for business to serve our utility and contractor customers.  GenPac is considered an essential business, as a distributor of Electrical, and Water Utility products, based on the Home Land Security guidelines.  GenPac also provides IT Cloud services to over 100 utilities and AMI service provider customers.

We have arranged for the majority of our sales and support staff to work from home, while maintaining sufficient staff to provide services that cannot be handled remotely.

For those employees remaining in our facility we have established and implemented Social distancing policies, consistent with the Oregon Health Authority. We have also established social distancing protocols for receiving and shipping materials from our facility.

GenPac also continues to provide daily industry and vendor updates on our website GenPac’s QuickShip e-commerce site is available to customers who need quick access to our current inventory levels.  Due to our current workload we have disabled the sign-up link on our home page. To sign up for QuickShip please contact your sales rep for details.

Rick Hall, President

General Pacific, Inc.

The 2020 Efficiency Exchange Conference scheduled on May 12-13, 2020 in Portland, OR has been cancelled due to the rapid changes in the COVID-19 outbreak. They have stopped taking registrations and will be providing refunds for those who have already registered for the conference. The Hyatt Regency Portland announced this morning that they will be suspending operations until mid-May and will be in touch directly about room block reservations for made for this conference.

Precautions for the Corona virus has caused Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light to shut down for the next 2 weeks. They will not be able to receive any shipments for that period so they ask that you please hold off on sending anything.

Consumers Power has announced that they will be closing their office and working remotely in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here is their recent notice:

“Just a quick note to let you know that we will be closing our office starting Monday 3/23 and working remotely as much as possible. We are taking this step in concert with similar actions taken by various local agencies and businesses to support the broader national and state effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We can answer and open our gate remotely to allow deliveries in. When a warehouse staff member is needed there may be a delay of up to a half hour. The best thing would be for any necessary deliveries to be scheduled with the warehouse staff when possible. I know that will be hard with orders already on the way. We will be allowing drivers in remotely to drop deliveries on the dock when possible.”

At this time, Consumers has not announced what day they plan to come back to work in office.

Effective Wednesday March 18th  Canada will be closing its borders to most non-citizen and non-permanent residence.  This increased measure will not affect commerce or trade, U.S. Citizens, diplomats or airline crews.  Due to integration between Canada and the U.S. it has been clarified by the Provincial Health Office, Canada Border Service Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that cross border trucking is an essential service.

Hood River Electric Coop has cancelled their annual meeting that was set for the evening of March 12th, 2020 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their community. They plan to reschedule on a later date.

Thank you to all the customers and vendors that attended our open house and vendor fair yesterday. The event was a huge success! The General Pacific team was very excited to have everyone come see our new facility and get a chance to visit will all the vendors in attendance. Here are some of the pictures from the event…

There has been lots of activity at the construction site since the last update. The update on July 28th, 2009 showed the first panels being put into place. Since then all of the walls have been put into place and the first couple of layers of roofing have been put on to the building. By the end of this week all of the concrete work at the job site will be done and next week the asphalt will be complete.

Over the past couple of months there has been a lot of activity on the construction site.  In June the general contractor was able to get the office and warehouse slabs built.  In July they have been focusing on building the concrete panel walls for the building.  As of today all of those panels are complete and they are starting the assembly process of the new facility.