The disrupted economy - Rochester BeaconRochester Beacon

Two and a half years after COVID-19 was declared a global health emergency, the pandemic continues to disrupt worldwide supply chains. The result has been shortages of needed parts and materials and higher costs for manufacturers, construction companies, farmers and other businesses in the Rochester region.

Across the board, we have seen supply shortages, increased lead times and price inflation, says Derek Darling, president of the Sidco Filter Co., which makes industrial filter elements and housings.

Bottlenecks at U.S. ports, increased demand for consumer goods, too few truck drivers and other conditions have contributed to the problem. Faced with shortages of the parts and supplies they need, local businesses and farms have had to stockpile raw materials and supplies, find substitutes for important electrical components, and alter their operations. In some cases, these measures have cost them profits.

Dealing with scarcity

CooperVision, a major producer of contact lenses, at times has been unable to find the paperboard it uses to package some of its products for sale.

During the pandemic, much more online shopping occurred, which drove up the demand globally for cardboard significantly, says Mike Lanzone, the firms global sourcing manager. Paper mills have not been able to keep up with demand.

The resulting shortages have sometimes forced CooperVision to switch gears, packaging another product in place of the one it originally planned to prepare for sale.

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