Covid-19 Resources For Manufacturers
COVID-19 Critical Supply Survey:
- Is your company able to assist in the production of critical supplies? The government needs to know, click here.
- View the List of Supplies Needed
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 RAfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to apply for a waiver, or need additional information on the process, email RAemail@example.com.
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.
Powering the Potential of Manufacturing During and After COVID-19
There’s no room for error in returning to work during the COVID-19 crisis. When health, safety, and lives are on the line, it’s critical to get it right the first time. That’s why Catalyst Connection has compiled the information, resources, and strategies to guide our region’s manufacturers in moving forward in the safest ways possible.
Assessing & Managing Your Business
- Protecting Your Business from COVID-19 (CIRAS)
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Efforts (IMEC)
- 11 Practical Resources for Manufacturers During Coronavirus (MAGNET)
- Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal
- Paycheck Protection Program (US Treasury)
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (SBA)
- PA List of Essential Businesses (Updated 3/24/20)
- Life-Sustaining Business FAQs
- Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave (DOL)
- Shared-Work Fact Sheet (PA DOL)
- COVID-19 OSHA Standards
- COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace: Resources and Information (DOL)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
- Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (DHS)
- Coronavirus Resources (Dept. of Labor)
- Coronavirus in Pennsylvania
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA)
- Small Business Disaster Loans
- Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (SBA)
- The Three-Step Process: Disaster Loans (SBA)
- Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19
- COVID-19 and Employer Unemployment Compensation FAQs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-918-4221.
Other Business Resources
- De-risking Your Supply Chain
- Back-to-Work Playbook
- COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository (America Makes)
- List of Supplies Needed
- Catalyst Connection’s Manufacturing Technology Loan Fund
- Business Continuity Planning (FEMA)
- Press Releases Regarding Coronavirus
- Coronavirus: Leading Through the Crisis (McKinsey & Company)
- Responding to COVID-19 (K&L Gates)
- Ways to Keep Your Manufacturing Employees Virus-Free at Work
Supply Chain Resources
Online Learning Opportunities
- Catalyst Connection DDI Web-Based Training Courses
- Catalyst Connection DDI Microcourses
- Tooling-U SME Virtual Training
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.