Message points for One Voice Members

Manufacturing is an essential part of our nation's critical infrastructure.  The following message points are intended to help PMA and NTMA members explain how they can safely stay open and continue serving our nation's needs.


  • Our member companies are committed to serving our country by producing the products Americans need while safeguarding the health of employees, their families, and the communities in which we live and work.


  • Member companies are complying with federal, state and local guidance regarding business operations.


  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued federal guidance designating multiple manufacturing sectors as essential services. Many states have incorporated this guidance into their directives for businesses. We encourage all state and local governments to incorporate this guidance as they determinations about what constitutes essential businesses. 


  • Now, more than ever, leaders in government must recognize that manufacturing work is necessary and critical to our nation’s pandemic response. Business disruptions in manufacturing can have consequences both immediate and long-ranging. Our facilities do not operate on a simple on-off switch. Many of our members are working with complicated, large machinery that, if powered down, cannot be easily restarted on short notice. 


  • It is important to remember that, particularly in this time of crisis, our country is depending on the component parts made by our members. These parts are vital to the supply chain for equipment and supplies for our nation’s medical first responders.


  • But essential, life-sustaining work goes far beyond medical supplies. Our member manufacturers also support everything from the services that keep us comfortable in our homes (power generation and transmission and heating and cooling) to the networks – physical and virtual – that we are depending on to connect us (trucking and transit, computers and electronics). 


  • Our members stand ready to do even more. Some companies are – and many more hope to be - working with the White House to coordinate the conversion of facilities to produce the most badly needed products and supplies. 


  • As manufacturers, our best asset is our people – and the health and safety of all manufacturing industry employees is our top priority and top responsibility. We do not take decisions about whether and how to remain open lightly.


  • When our member companies remain open, safety comes first. We follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies.


  • Our member companies have enhanced cleaning and personal hygiene protocols, enacted social distancing policies, and boosted the use of personal protective equipment.


  • Manufacturers are the engine of American innovation and success. We have weathered other crises and will help this country through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.