Nashville-based Gibson guitars closed facilities Friday in an effort to combat the spreading of the novel coronavirus. Gibson confirmed a temporary closure hours after an order Sunday from Metro Public Health Department to stop all non-essential Nashville business, beginning Monday, for the next 14 days.
The Les Paul and SG model guitar maker operates facilities in Nashville and Bozeman, Montana. In Nashville, Gibson employs about 350 to 400 factory workers and about another 120 in a Nashville-based custom guitar shop.
The Montana-based Gibson facility, which manufactures acoustic guitars, also closed Friday. In Nashville, the brand migrated primary offices last July to Cummins Station. Gibson office employees, about 100 total, began working remotely last Wednesday, Curleigh said.
Due to COVID-19, Gibson closed international showrooms in the U.K., Japan, Europe and domestic stores in Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Texas, and Nashville.