Restore Chester County
Economic Action Steps — Manufacturing
Manufacturers have had a particularly essential role in the pandemic response effort by switching to produce critical personal protective equipment and other supplies in high demand when possible. However, decreased sales for some manufacturers have created a challenging fiscal outlook for many businesses, as emergency spending displaces their capacity for capital investments.
Current Manufacturing Business Practices
The following practices are being implemented by various manufacturing businesses around the county and nation to address COVID-19-related disruptions. These practices may be helpful for manufacturing businesses not currently using them.
- Stagger shifts when possible and install contactless shift clock.
- Implement PTO bonus for employees who worked on-site during statewide lockdown.
- Pivot manufacturing capacity to produce high-demand goods via the PA DCED Manufacturing Call to Action portal.
- Divide employees into smaller cohorts to limit contact.
- Provide employees with childcare voucher and connect them to available providers and/or Provide on-site childcare for employees.
- Expand employee break areas to ensure proper distancing.
- Expand or change the supply chain to include more local providers, with less international and more US and regional providers.
- Provide barriers between employees and work stations when distancing isn't possible.
- Sanitize all touched equipment before and after each shift.
- Have equipment servicing personnel use video and remote diagnostics when possible to avoid travel to customer sites.
- Acknowledge and show appreciation to onsite workers versus staff that can and who continue to work from home.
Actions to Support the Manufacturing Business Industry
The following actions by governments, economic development organizations, trade organizations, and others would provide support to the manufacturing industry during the current COVID-19 crisis.
- Provide technical assistance with navigating federal assistance/tax policies, social media/marketing, e-commerce, and COVID-19 testing.
- Provide regulatory assistance with relaxing service restrictions and expediting permits for building improvements.
- Secure and distribute grant funding for COVID-19 testing, detection and mitigation equipment.
- Advocate for businesses that do not fall into clearly defined industry categories per state guidelines.
- Provide additional hiring and training assistance.
- Provide assistance with grant and loan applications and processing.
- Secure and distribute grants for training existing and future manufacturing employees since 80% or more of firms have 30% or more of their employees within 5 years of being eligible for retirement.
- Continue to promote advanced manufacturing as a career that offers good paying jobs.
- Help employers with the message that they offer a safe environment for their employees and customers alike.
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