When the COVID-19 pandemic began to settle in the United States, Sterling Services remained operational as an essential business through extensive protocols and restrictions. The Sterling Services terminal began temperature checks at the beginning of the day, mandating masks be worn in the terminal and installed hand sanitizer stations when the stay at home order went into effect in Michigan.

To help businesses like Sterling with these unexpected costs due to the pandemic, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) created a grant program to help businesses manage those costs. Businesses were able to apply for grants through MIOSHA and were eligible for up to $10,000 in grant money. The program is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Sterling Services applied for the grant and was awarded almost $1,000 dollars that was used to purchase personal protective equipment for their employees. They used the grant to keep their employees safe by supplying them with facemasks, latex gloves, cleaning suppliers and hand sanitizer stations to disinfect when coming in and out of the terminal.

The MIOSHA grant program has helped 1,500 businesses statewide and issued over $8 million in grants. In Metro Detroit, where Sterling is located, 640 businesses with fewer than 250 employees received matching grants to help offset the new cost of remaining open during the pandemic. Those businesses have spent close to $7 million dollars on safety costs alone, with the state reimbursing those businesses for about half of those costs.

Sterling Services has managed the pandemic as well as you could with zero cases since it came to our shores in January, 2020. They made the conscious effort to get ahead of the curve as they created shifts at the terminal to limit the number of employees on site. Every morning before all the employees arrive, the entire office is wiped down with disinfectant including doorknobs, desks, and tables. They limited the office terminal to just employees, as drivers were instructed to remain in their truck and to phone the office when they arrived. Anyone on-site needs to wear a mask and stay six feet apart. These protocols have kept Sterling Services operational through the pandemic.

Although some of their business may be slow to recover from the pandemic, Sterling set itself up to remain open and COVID free during the pandemic. They have been and are ready to store, transport, toll blend, transload, and throughput your bulk liquid products to and from trailers or railcars for you. If you are in need of these services, please contact them at info@sterlingcompanies.com or by phone at 248-298-2973.