COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers |

APRIL 6 VIDEO UPDATE:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MANUFACTURERS

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR MANUFACTURERS:
Need immediate business assistance? Contact your local manufacturing extension agent. Find all contact numbers and information here.  Our extension agents are available for free (remote if necessary) consultations to help your company address operational, supply chain, or financial issues that arise from the disruption.

Contact us anytime at info@okalliance.com. (Usually respond with two hours.)

 

ESSENTIAL VERSUS NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES:
While the Governor tells us that as of his March 25 executive order, ALL manufacturing is considered essential, the qualifications are changing quickly. The Manufacturing Alliance suggests manufacturers go ahead and review the details from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce here:

Official Oklahoma Essential Industries List

And fill out the Exemption/Clarification form here:

Oklahoma COVID-19 Essential Business Inquiry

In addition, The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance can provide a template letter that outlines your “essential” status. Do not hesitate to contact your local manufacturing extension agent for support and assistance or send us a question at assistance@okalliance.com

 

MANUFACTURING CRITICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT:
Oklahoma manufacturers that would like to produce critical medical products are asked to do the following, per the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management:

Create a proposal that outlines the following:

  1. Identify your capabilities and what you are proposing to produce
  2. State quantity and timeline for production
  3. State cost and delivery times
  4. Send outline and other relevant information to: sitrm@health.ok.gov

CRITICAL NEEDS: MANUFACTURING SPECS
The maker community has created an open-source compendium of manufacturing blueprints and specs for many of the critical items on state and hospital critical​ needs lists. The specs are housed in a Google doc that has a ​​great deal of information and is a good source of manufacturing information for making hand sanitizer, examination gloves, negative pressure rooms, and much more.

MEDTRONIC VENTILATOR SPECIFICATIONS AND SOFTWARE
Medtronic, one of the world’s largest ventilator manufacturers, is sharing the design specifications for its Puritan Bennett™ 560 (PB 560). This allows companies and engineers across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19.
Also:
If you have an idea, are an inventor, or want to partner with Medtronic, please email the company at rs.medtronicoutsideinventionsubmission@medtronic.com and include “COVID-19 Idea” in the subject line. More info on that initiative is here.

 

CARES ACT AND COVID-19 RESPONSE BILL PAYCHECK RELIEF PROGRAM
Here is a simple guide and checklist. Please contact your local extension agent for more detailed information.

 

CDC GUIDANCE FOR COMPANIES
Follow CDC guidance to maintain a safe work environment and plan your response.
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

 

EMERGENCY BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Disaster Loan

Apply Here

Oklahoma small businesses are now eligible for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

SBA Loan Application FAQs

Application and Qualification Information

Local Loan Application Help
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has staff available to assist small businesses with filling out disaster loan application forms. Companies needing assistance with the application forms and economic development organizations aiding businesses in their communities should contact Ray Little at ray.little@okcommerce.gov or 405-815-5227.

 

WORKFORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance
If you are closing temporarily or permanently due to economic or health disruptions from COVID-19, there is new guidance from the Oklahoma Employee Security Commission.
Employer FAQs About Unemployment Insurance

New Sick Leave & Family and Medical Leave Act Benefits
Paid sick leave and FMLA related to COVID-19 are now required for some businesses with under 500 employees. Refundable tax credits will help employers pay for the new, required benefit.
FMLA Guidance for COVID-19

Sick Leave Guidance
We are awaiting official guidance at this time.

Oklahoma Works COVID-19 Page
COVID-19 is having a unique impact on certain elements of Oklahoma’s Workforce System. This page will serve as an update on unemployment insurance, American Job Centers, companies hiring, resources, and other workforce needs.
Oklahoma Works COVID-19 Page

Printable Workplace Posters from CDC
Download and print handouts and posters to educate your employees about best workplace practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Download and Print CDC Posters

 

THOMAS CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE HUB FOR MANUFACTURERS
In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Thomas created this resource hub to help you and your industrial business with the mission-critical, real-time data and information.

 

OSHA GUIDELINES
Key OSHA standards for COVID-19 

 

HOW TO RESPOND IF AN EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Follow these steps for responding when an employee tests positive for the coronavirus.

 

IRS
COVID-19 Tax Relief
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the COVID-19.

 

US TREASURY
US Treasury: COVID-19 Resources, Updates, and What You Should Know
The U.S. Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the COVID-19.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS

NAM’s Coronavirus Resources

NAM’s COVID-19 Policy Action Plan

NAM’s Response to Senate letter to business groups

NAM’s Request for Guidance from the CDC

NAM Member Coronavirus Survey Results 

 

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR MANUFACTURERS:

Need immediate business assistance? Contact your local manufacturing extension agent. Find all contact numbers and information here.

Some specific and immediate services the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance can provide include:

  1. Support and Problem Solving: Remote consultations and facilitation to help company leaders rapidly apply problem solving methods and innovative thinking to operational, workforce, supply chain, cash flow, business continuity and other issues as well as support in planning future recovery and resiliency responses.
  1. Supply Chain: Assistance to find solutions to current and anticipated disruptions in supplies of raw materials, parts, and other necessities. Extension agents can quickly tap into the MEP National Network with 1200+ network advisors across all 50 states and Puerto Rico plus other federal and Oklahoma resources.
  1. Re-deployment of Resources and/or Re-Tooling: Assistance to help manufacturers respond to critical needs for healthcare supplies and equipment identified by Oklahoma and the federal government. Assistance could take many forms including: identifying opportunities, assessing feasibility and gaps, line layout, distribution channels, connections with other manufacturers and technical resources, and methods for rapidly retraining employees such as Training Within Industry Job Instruction (TWI JI).
  1. Manufacturer Connections: Extension agents are adept at leveraging resources among manufacturers and making business-to-business connections. We are currently working on virtually-facilitated discussion groups to assist manufacturers in sharing problems and developing innovative solutions.

Contact us anytime at assistance@okalliance.com. (Usually respond within two hours.)