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COVID-19 Response: U.S. Electroindustry Essential to American Health and Safety


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We recognize our Members are manufacturers, many with multiple facilities, where being present on the production floor is a requirement for normal business operations. Understanding the challenges our Members face, NEMA is committed to fulfilling our commitment to you throughout this outbreak in all possible ways within our capabilities. We are providing Members with extended coverage of the latest government policy announcements affecting the electroindustry in the Intelligence Portal. ​

Summary of Federal Actions Potentially Affecting Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Response to COVID-19

​​NEMA created this report that summarizes provisions affecting small and medium-sized businesses ​and non-profit organizations. READ MOR​​E​.​​​

America Needs to Work Its Way through This Crisis and It Will Rely on Electricity to Do So

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While electrical equipment manufacturers are considered “Critical Manufacturing,” they also directly support every other sector by making the products needed to assure the reliable and consistent flow of electricity. Without on-demand electricity, which depends on a steady supply of equipment for maintenance and upgrade of existing systems and construction of new buildings and capabilities, our nation’s current situation would go from bad to worse. And without electricity, millions of American workers will face uncertain employment and economic future. READ MORE. 

Electroindustry United to Ensure Essential Businesses Operating

The leading trade associations representing America's electrical supply chain, including manufacturers, distributors, and installers, united to ensure that lawmakers at the state and local levels keep the power on for everyone as they make decisions related to the current COVID-19 health crisis. READ MORE. 

NEMA Petitions for Updates to DHS Critical Manufacturing

NEMA filed a petition with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that "electrical products/systems and medical imaging devices be explicitly acknowledged by DHS as 'essential to continued critical infrastructure viability." The CISA guidance specifically designates medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works as essential. NEMA points out that "None of these sectors could function effectively without the safe, efficient, and reliable supply of electrical power, which constitutes a core purpose of the electrical manufacturing industry." To read the full letter, please CLICK HERE.​​

NEMA Files Petition with Pennsylvania

NEMA filed a petition for the State of Pennsylvania to designate the electroindustry as an essential manufacturing sector.  Pennsylvania’s “stay at home” order does not explicitly refer to the federal guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pertaining to companies meeting the definition of “critical manufacturing” and thereby should remain operational. Most states, particularly those that have acted more recently, have referenced the DHS guidance, and we applaud their understanding of the critical role that the electroindustry plays in ensuring the health and safety of Americans. READ MORE.

Global Lighting Association Urges Continuing Access to Lighting Products

The Global Lighting Association (GLA) urges authorities to ensure sustained access to lighting products during these challenging times by categorizing lighting as an essential product and ensuring lighting products can continue to be manufactured, supplied, and sold. READ MORE. ​

g is Essential Manufacturing

The NEMA Lighting Division released a statement to support the determination that lighting and lighting system manufacturers are essential businesses and request that all government agencies explaining the details of "stay-at-home" policies explicitly include all lighting and lighting systems device manufacturers to avoid delays in meeting the public's need for these essential goods supporting critical infrastructure as well as the public's interest in a safe environment. ​​READ MORE. ​


Several NEMA Members are on the front lines addressing critical infrastructure needs to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE. ​

Send your company initiatives to Managing Editor Jena Passut at Jena.passut@nema.org


NEMA has prepared this COVID-19 Quick Start Guide to provide small- and medium-size NEMA Members a listing of key resources to help them navigate the fast-moving situation related to the pandemic.  It is not designed to provide all the answers you may have nor to provide legal advice for your particular situation.​ ​READ MORE​.



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