PMA/NTMA Urge Governments to Keep Manufacturers OpenMarch 23, 2020
One Voice, the combined federal advocacy effort of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), is urging policymakers across the country to remember the importance of manufacturing in America’s infrastructure as they enact policies to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
U.S. states and local officials have significant powers to handle the crisis, which means that directives and ordinances vary widely, creating confusion for manufacturers who often operate across a patchwork of cities, counties and states.
One Voice has been working with the White House and relevant federal agencies to address this issue and provide as much certainty as possible for small and medium-sized manufacturers, by making their voices heard. It encourages states and localities to follow federal guidance issued last week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which included a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” Under this list, the majority of One Voice member companies are classified as essential, allowing them to remain open and help meet vital needs of economic and national security. It also asks that states and localities that already have taken action reconsider any business closures that are inconsistent with the federal government’s newly released guidance.
For additional information, visit www.metalworkingadvocate.org.
See also: Precision Metalforming Association
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