Covid-19 Resources For Manufacturers

COVID-19 Critical Supply Survey:

OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Catalyst Connection is committed to exercising extreme caution in response to the latest updates of the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with CDC guidelines. To ensure the safety of our staff we will be working remotely to the greatest extent possible, with a plan to continue operations as best as we can so that we can continue to support our clients. We are also implementing the following:

  • We are canceling all of our trainings and events until mandatory restrictions are lifted. We will be in touch as soon as we can re-schedule these important engagements for our clients and the community.
  • We are suspending in-person meetings and client site visits. Your points of contact will be in touch to determine if a virtual meeting is possible or to discuss the status of your current project.
  • We are creating a no-cost virtual training curriculum in the coming days. Please let us know of any topics of interest.
  • Our staff is available for free consultations to help your company address operational, supply chain, financial issues that may be arising as a result of the crisis.

To Our Manufacturing Community

The Governor’s recent order to close all non-life-sustaining businesses came as a surprise to us all, despite our ongoing and proactive communication with Governor Wolf’s office in addressing the response to COVID-19 and the impacts on manufacturers throughout the region. While clarifications to this order may be issued in the coming days, we are living in and navigating unprecedented times. 

At Catalyst Connection, we know that manufacturing is, always has been, and always will be essential to the economic vitality of our region and critical to our shared ability to thrive as a community. We want to assure you that everyone on our team is here for you. Whether you need guidance, support, strategic direction, or a partner to talk through your fears and concerns, everyone at Catalyst is committed to being as responsive as possible and to maintaining business as usual as much as we can. 

We know that the impact of this new order on small businesses, particularly manufacturing businesses, is uncertain. However, we also recognize the importance of prioritizing our shared health and safety across the state and region. 

Most importantly, the administration has set up a waiver application process for companies that believe they are or should be considered a life-sustaining-business. If you have questions or need information about whether your businesses will need to close, email RA-dcedcs@pa.gov. If you want to apply for a waiver, or need additional information on the process, email RA-dcexemption@pa.gov

To be considered for a waiver, a company must be able to make a strong and compelling case as to why it should remain open. We’re here to help you craft the right message that gives your manufacturing environment a fighting chance. If your manufacturing environment has any role in making critical components, supplies, or equipment that supports the healthcare, medical, and related industries on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our team directly so that we can offer immediate support and advocacy on your behalf.  

Challenging times are undoubtedly ahead, but our industry is no stranger to adversity. We’ve weathered changes and challenges before while continuing to make and create the products and components that support critical infrastructure and industries. We will face these challenges together head-on, and we will come out stronger as businesses, as individuals, and as a community.   

Stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we’re here for you in whatever you need during this time. 

COVID-19 Recovery Assessment

Powering the Potential of Manufacturing During and After COVID-19 Determine business strengths and weaknesses and prepare for your COVID recovery. Prioritize opportunities and gain the actionable insights you need to move forward.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Assessing & Managing Your Business

Federal Resources

Do you have questions about the various loan programs available or do you need additional information? If so, please contact Art Tintori, Managing Director of Financial Services, Catalyst Connection atintori@catalystconnection.org or 412-918-4221.

Other Business Resources

Supply Chain Resources

Online Learning Opportunities

ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). SARS-CoV-2 is a new coronavirus (responsible for COVID-19) that was not identified in humans before December 2019.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES

The CDC has issued interim guidance to help employers figure out what to do in this crisis. Some of the CDC recommendations are:

  • Encouraging sick employees to stay home or to be sent home if already at the office. Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Employees who have symptoms should stay home and not return to work until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning. Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps. Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel.