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COVID 19 Update 27

Post: Apr. 7, 2020

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill

We were reminded of Churchill’s quote during yesterday’s briefing by Governor Cuomo in which he – cautiously – expressed optimism that New York may have reached the Apex of the pandemic.  This coupled with similar stories from Italy, Spain and France put us in mind of Churchill who was speaking of the Allied victory at El Alamein in North Africa and went on to say “Henceforth Hitler’s Nazis will meet equally well armed, and perhaps better armed troops. Hence forth they will have to face in many theatres of war that superiority … which they intended to use as an instrument for convincing all other peoples that all resistance to them was hopeless….”

The war lasted 3 more years.  Governor Cuomo as asked for at least 3 more weeks to gain the upper hand on our enemy, the coronavirus.  Our sacrifices are real and their full measure will not be known for many years, however, they must be made to ensure victory.  Perhaps, if we are able to remain vigilant for these next several weeks, we will look back and say that this was our “Finest hour.”

GM Rallies Manufacturers to Produce Masks

General Motors is recruiting 600 suppliers to manufacture medical face masks and providing them with specifications on the necessary equipment, materials and processes. “In a few days, the company’s seat belt and interior trim experts became experts in manufacturing face masks,” says GM’s Karsten Garbe. GM expects to have 20,000 masks ready for delivery by Wednesday. Once the line is running at full speed, it will be able to produce up to 50,000 masks every day — or up to 1.5 million masks a month, according to GM

Read More at CNBC

Manufacturer Changes Shifts, Deliveries to Protect Workers

Like pretty much every Council of Industry member that remains open as an essential business, California-based electronics manufacturer Green Circuits remains open and has assuaged employee fears by removing shift overlap, changing how deliveries and other visitors access the facility, and communicated in multiple languages to encourage employees to keep coming in. One worker on each shift is dedicated toward cleaning surfaces.

There are a few good ideas in this article at Reuters

Council of Industry Will Host a Series of County Based Manufacturing CEO Online Discussions – Ulster is April 9th 

As this crisis continues to unfold the Council of Industry is using all its resources to keep its members up to date with the latest information and resources to keep their employees safe and their businesses operating.

 We will host small online discussions manufacturing CEO’s.  Harold King will share the latest updates from ESD and our other regional partners and facilitate a conversation with participants. We hope these discussions will also provide our members an opportunity to share common experiences and establish best practices. We would love to hear from you.

If you are an Manufacturing Leader and want to participate contact jhansen@councilofindustry.org to reserve your spot and receive login credentials.

This small group discussion is part of our effort to gather insight into your experiences and provide better assistance.      

  • Ulster County Thurs 4/9 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
  • Dutchess/Columbia  Tues 4/14 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm       
  • Orange/Rockland Wed 4/15 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm       
  • Westchester/Putnam Thurs 4/16 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm    

The Council of Industry is Offering FREE Job Postings to ALL Hudson Valley Manufacturers During the Month of April

While many Council Members and Hudson Valley Manufacturers are being forced to reduce their workforce, others are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough people in key positions.  To assist you few that are facing this challenge we are offering free posts on our job board www.HVMfgJobs.com.

All jobs are distributed to over 100 job boards including: Google Jobs, Zip Recruiter, College Job Boards, Hot Jobs, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, etc. 

To learn more and to post your job email Johnnieanne Hansen jhansen@councilofindustry.org