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COVID Update 22.1

Post: Apr. 2, 2020

Cuomo Calls for Help from Manufacturers – Here are Resources to Help You Help With Needed Supplies

New York State appreciates the manufacturers who are ready and able to retool to help in producing critically needed COVID-19 supplies—whether you are already making these supplies or need guidance for adapting to do so.  This page also details the critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment that are needed. Thank you for your help in this effort.

The National Association of Manufacturers and The Business Roundtable Announce They Will Combine COVID-19 Responses to address the critical health care supply shortage

The partnership unifies the business community’s efforts to help those on the front lines of the pandemic.

Central to the effort is this new, detailed survey for businesses to identify the specific ways they can provide or produce the supplies that are in high demand. 

iSER Consulting Is Helping Firms Align Manufacturing Capabilities to Meet Critical Supply Shortages

Council of Industry Friend and Associate Member iSER has created some tools to help manufacturing build and demonstrate their capabilities to better position them to help provide critical supplies for the COVID crisis. 

Read More Here 

WDI Is Offering Quick Grants to Help Manufacturers Respond 

Council of Industry Friend and Associate Member the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is making grants to help you expand or alter capacity to produce critical medical supplies.  WDI is famous for ease of application and quick turnaround times. Email Mary Jane Bertram for details. mjbertram@wdiny.org


Podcast – The Council’s Harold King Interviews Dan Freedman, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz About Their 3D Printing Face Shields for Health Care Workers

Responding to calls from the Ulster County Executive and Health Care leaders The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz has leapt into action printing face shields for people on the front lines of the Coronavirus battle. Dan and his team have created a true “distributed manufacturing” operation with companies and schools across the region pitching in to make the masks.

Dan is quick to thank all those partners but especially highlighted the work of IBM and the financial support of the NOVO Foundation and Central Hudson.

Organizations with 3D printers that want to pitch in can find information, plans, advice and more here.

Listen Here (22 minutes)


New York Manufacturers Are Doing Their Part

Our Friends and Associate Members FUZEHUB highlight a few of the many manufacturers stepping up across the state

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Business Interruption Insurance Claims

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP Partner Ron DeSoiza, presents a summary on types of business interruption insurance. Such coverage – in different forms – is generally part of a company’s insurance package. Listen for his hints and advice.

Listen Here (2 minutes)


Rescue 4: Infrastructure Talks Resume

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is speaking with Congress about an infrastructure bill to boost the economy during the coronavirus crisis, CNBC reports.

“In a tweet, the president wrote that ‘this is the time’ to craft an infrastructure overhaul with U.S. interest rates at zero during the crisis.”  “Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have signaled in recent weeks that they are open to rekindling conversations about infrastructure.”

You can find the NAM’s policy priorities in its infrastructure plan, “Building to Win.”