3/23/20 - Michigan’s Chemistry Companies to Continue Essential Critical Operations during COVID-19 Restrictions

LANSING, MI, March 23, 2020 – Michigan’s chemistry companies will continue essential critical operations while the state moves to a “stay at home” mode during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) confirmed today.

“We thank Governor Whitmer for her leadership during this time of great challenge and uncertainty,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes. “Public health is of the utmost concern, and the chemical industry plays a key role in helping the COVID-19 response by producing vital goods like materials for personal protective equipment and medical supplies, disinfectants and water treatment chemicals, agricultural inputs, and fuels.”

This key role is confirmed by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s “Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19” which specifically recognizes the chemical manufacturing and distribution sector as one of 16 that should continue operations, while following CDC workforce and customer protection guidance. The DHS guidance was the basis for Governor Whitmer’s order that allows essential businesses to continue.

“As always, our members take seriously their responsibility to care for their employees, customers, and communities,” Dulmes noted. “Michigan’s chemical companies have developed well-planned procedures that allow necessary personnel to continue plant operations and logistics during times of low staffing, and they are all utilizing such plans and allowing most employees to telework. Importantly, however, many have ramped up production of key goods in response to COVID-19 demands. We appreciate Governor Whitmer’s strong, deliberate, and evidence-based coronavirus response that recognizes this role.”

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is one of Michigan’s largest manufacturing sector, supporting more than 90,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.