Open For Business

CMT, Eldec among companies exempt from stay-at-home orders
Despite repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in practically all industries, it has been some consolation to see familiar companies deemed “essential” from the manufacturing and service sectors. These include, but are not limited to, City Machine Technologies of Youngstown, Ohio, a regular EA advertiser; and Eldec, of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Please reach out to us if your business is also still up and running and you’d like to get the word out.
From City Machine Technologies‘ Facebook page:

“Ohio has been issued a “stay-at-home” order from Governor DeWine. CMT is excluded in this order because our work on power plant operations, food manufacturers, municipalities and commercial and industrial HVAC makes us essential. Our operations have not been disrupted, and we will continue business as usual. Here at CMT, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking appropriate measures regarding the health of our associates based on CDC recommendations.”

Meanwhile, at Eldec, in Michigan, a similar statement was released this week:

“Dear Customers,

As we come together to slow the spread of COVID-19, the President issued an updated Coronavirus Guidance for America, which states that “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry… you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

Eldec supports the Energy and Power Generation industry, Transportation and Logistics, as well as Critical manufacturing industries, among others, with its electro-technical machinery, services and equipment.  All these are a part of the Critical Infrastructure, as described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in his guidance of March 19, 2020 on the COVID-19 response, which is referred to directly in the Governor’s Executive Order. 

We intend to remain available on a limited basis during this “Stay-at-Home” period, in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order and CISA Guidelines, to support our Critical Infrastructure clients with needed parts, service, support and equipment.

This designation does not take away from the fact that our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our employees and the communities we serve. We are following CDC guidelines, including remote work where possible, and continuing to monitor guidance from regulatory bodies, including state and federal officials.”

While open business is encouraging in one way, it its worrisome in another. For example, the Bradford White Corporation in Middleville, Michigan received pushback from some of its employees this week upon deciding to remain open. The company is headquartered in Ambler, Pennsylvania, and manufactures water heaters from the Michigan location outside Detroit.

Similar questions reached local news outlets in Georgia and South Carolina, where large manufacturing operations like Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Beech Island. S.C. (just across the Georgia border from Augusta) remain open to manufacture essentials like toilet paper.

Manufacturing facilities adjust to COVID-19 challenges

“Several companies have already temporarily closed their operations down not just out of caution, but also because market conditions have softened,” Wil Williamson, president of the Economic Development Partnership serving South Carolina’s Aiken, Edgfield, Saluda and McCormick Counties, told WJBF’s Ashley Osborne Wednesday.

According to Williams, there are several manufacturing facilities that are in the process of re-tooling their operations to help with the COVID-19 crisis. “Minority Filters in Edgfield County, they produce filtration bags,” Williams says. “They may be able to convert over and make things to help in filtration of air in hospitals.” Osborne also reported that Williams “knows of at least two local factories that are hiring” in an effort to re-tool operations. Again, we see an example of this unfamiliar circumstance leading to converse situations: while some places lay off workers, others are in need of staff.

One Response to “Open For Business”

  1. Hello! We are Standard Electric Works in Apple Valley, California. A small 4th generation family motor shop. Its a strange time to be considered an “essential business” in today’s business world but we are here and open for business. We offer rewinding services, Complete sales and service at this location since 1972 of electric motors, pumps, generators, power tools and air compressors. We also service commercial and industrial business including but not limited to Dental, Commercial Food Preparation Equipment, Institutional Healthcare and Manufacturing.

    Thank You,
    Joel Hinton
    Marie Hinton
    Chris Hinton

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