COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Page for Manufacturers

This Manufacturers Resource Page focuses on valuable local, state and national resources, including manufacturing-related topics and ideas that can assist you with COVID-19 related concerns for your company and your employees.  VMEC is here for support, whether it be a phone call or virtual meeting with your CEO, team, department or entire company.  Contact us at (802) 728-1432, [email protected] or connect with your Business Advisor at this link

Vermont is Fully Open 

As of June 14, 2021, more than 80% of eligible Vermonters have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and Governor Phil Scott has authorized the move to Step 4 of the Vermont Forward Plan, lifting business, gathering, and travel related restrictions, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

Workplace Safety Top 10 Recommendations Relating to COVID-19

On June 8, 2021, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA)  distributed a memo including recommendations to Vermont employers on workplace safety as it relates to COVID-19. Read the full memo or download the PDF version. Additionally federal OSHA has also issued guidance.

Looking for online Workplace Safety Training? VOSHA no longer requires Vermont employers to provide its previously required safety training to employees in order for them to return to the workplace. Employers looking for more assistance are encouraged to contact the VOSHA team.

Proclamation to Stay Safe, Stay Strong, Stay Open! 

Issued by the RestartVT Manufacturing Working Group concerning the operations of Vermont’s manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, this  proclamation is an assertion that Vermont’s manufacturing sector is critical for the state’s economic recovery, health and future development.

VMEC COVID-19 On-Site work policy 

Updated Policy (effective June 15, 2021) – based on VOSHA’s June 8, 2021 Workplace Safety Top 10 Recommendations Relating to COVID-19 memo and VT Governor Phil Scott’s June 14, 2021 announcement of VT Forward Plan Step 4.

While we will continue to work remotely when we can, we’re ready to visit you at your facility as well.  We are committed to adapting our work to meet our mission and help you meet yours, while maintaining the health, safety and well-being of your staff and ours too.  View this short video to hear how we will help you navigate the “new” manufacturing landscape and what lies ahead – with responsiveness and resiliency.

Governor Releases 3-Phased Reopening Plan for Vermont Manufacturing, Fulfillment and Distribution

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Phil Scott released Vermont’s 3-Phased Reopening Plan for Vermont’s Manufacturing, Fulfillment and Distribution enterprises, after many companies began taking their first, important steps towards recovery on April 27, in a measured fashion. “The Plan” is considered “a living document” and will be continuously updated and improved as information and guidance is refined and new best practices emerge.

Message from Bob Zider, VMEC Director and CEO 

Listen to this 90-second message from Bob Zider, VMEC Director and CEO, speak about how your most trusted business resource is here for you now during your organization’s Operational Recovery, Continuous Improvement and Resiliency.

Manufacturing Exchange-Vermont (MXVT.org)

Manufacturing Exchange-Vermont (MXVT.org) is now live with a primary mission of “connecting people and supply chains to deliver solutions.” It also allows manufacturers and suppliers to post their needs and find business opportunities. MXVT uses familiar social media tools in a virtual collaboration space that empowers innovative thinking, helps solve problems, and can create new supply chains. Powered by VMEC, MXVT.org has launched during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis with an initial focus on enabling and accelerating connections between urgent health-related equipment needs & personal protective equipment (PPE), potential Vermont manufacturers first, and product and solution providers. MXVT site content will continuously become richer as we connect and all move forward together.  VMEC is working in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC), Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV), Vermont’s Regional Development Corporations (RDCs), and additional partners.

VOSHA, Department of Health provide training for Vermonters to return to work

All employees, including those already working (except healthcare workers, first responders, and others already trained in infection control, personal protection/universal precautions), must complete, and employers must document, this training on mandatory health and safety requirements, or another training program that meets or exceeds this VOSHA-provided training.  VOSHA training and other materials were developed in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD). VOSHA training materials can be found by visiting this link

Senior Leader COVID-19 Survival Guide – 5 Step Survival Tool

In less than 1 hour, you can begin to create an initial, actionable plan for your business and family.  This simple paper & pencil tool will help you begin to protect your business in a time of crisis.  Click here to get started today and connect with your Business Advisor at this link.

VMEC COVID-19 Crisis Response Services 

VMEC Manufacturing Advisors are available for free remote crisis response consultations.  Some specific and immediate services VMEC 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. VMEC can quickly tap into the MEP National Network with 1200+ network advisors across all 50 states and Puerto Rico plus other federal and Vermont 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 Vermont 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: Manufacturing Exchange – Vermont (MXVT.org) primary mission is “connecting people and supply chains to deliver solutions.” It allows manufacturers and suppliers to post their needs and find business opportunities. MXVT uses a virtual collaboration space that empowers innovative thinking, helps solve problems and can create new supply chains.

Vermont State Resources for Financial Assistance & Other Information 

National Resources for Financial Assistance & Other Information 

  • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) This site is specifically directed to manufacturers and provides business management information, federal agency access and supply chain resources. A main feature of the web page, is a Critical Supply Survey. This survey helps locate volunteers who can donate and provide and/or produce large-scale quantities of critical supplies to help the nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal Disaster Loan assistance is available for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners and renters.  Also, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was signed into law to assist business owners with immediate financial needs.  This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that are available from the SBA to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. Also, read here about the automatic deferment on existing SBA Disaster Loans through the end of 2020.
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation The Save Small Business Fund will offer grants of $5,000 to businesses that employ between 3 and 20 people; are located in economically vulnerable communities; and have been harmed by the COVID -19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and the application process is open now. Many towns in Vermont are eligible. Businesses can check for eligibility by entering their ZIP Code on the website.
  • USDA Rural Development USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Workplace Health and Safety

Cybersecurity and Resiliency 

  • Department of Homeland Security The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) continues to monitor the COVID-19 – situation closely, taking part in government and industry coordination calls, issuing guidance and working with critical infrastructure partners to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate effects in the U.S. 

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