Coronavirus has many U.S. firms waiting for products to ship
NEW YORK — Many small business owners in the U.S. are facing a shortage of products or components because Chinese suppliers, who closed for the weeks-long Lunar New Year holiday, remain shut due to the coronavirus outbreak. Even owners who stocked up in advance of the holiday are worried about a prolonged outbreak. They’re looking for alternate ways to fill orders. Some are even considering moving their manufacturing to another country. Some owners say they’ve had a hard time getting information about the factories they use. Others are in touch with designers and getting some work done — but they don’t know how long it will take for production to ramp up again.