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COVID-19 Resources for Foundries

The content below will be updated as new information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic becomes available. Please check back regularly, and watch for further coverage of this topic in future issues of the NFFS Notes and Industry Insider newsletters. If you have questions, contact Jerrod Weaver at (847) 299-0950.

NFFS Statement

Non-Ferrous Foundries Are Critical Infrastructure: A Statement by the Non-Ferrous Founders' Society  (March 23, 2020)
The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) recognizes the need for federal, state and local governments to implement policies that protect the American public from the risks of COVID-19. This includes limiting large gatherings of people, and requiring many workers to not report to work as normally scheduled, to help slow the spread of the virus and to ‘flatten the curve’ of the rate of infection. As many states begin to implement social controls that mandate non-essential workers in non-essential industries to stay at home, foundries are left with multiple conflicting statements regarding if they are essential and should continue to operate... Read the Full Statement

Coronavirus Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
World Health Organization: Guidance on COVID-19
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM): COVID-19 Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:OSHA's Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure

CARES Act Resources

Summary of Health, Tax, Unemployment, Small Business, and Distressed Industries Provisions
Small Business Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness
CARES Act – Detailed Funding Summary
CARES Act – Appropriations Highlights
Education and Labor Provisions
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Related Provisions
CARES Act – Jobs & Economic Importance of U.S. Infrastructure Network
Frequently Asked Transportation Questions

Information for Government Suppliers

DLA has created a Request for Information (RFI) available as of March 23, 2020, located at  that it is encouraging suppliers to answer. This will help keep DLA informed of potential impacts to the welfare and safety of your workforce and/or overall contract performance. DLA will also use RFI responses to help assess the current status of the supplier base.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) remains committed to partnering with suppliers during this period of National Emergency. In the event that pre-award concerns arise, please continue to work with the point of contact annotated on the solicitation or other opportunity notice (e.g. beta.SAM.gov announcements). E-mail communication is highly encouraged. For post award matters, DLA requests submission of a Post Award Request (PAR) when possible. The PAR submission link is available on the main DIBBS Homepage under the Awards Block. DLA has created a new PAR reason code—VR 14 COVID-19—to highlight any contracts where problems may exist due to Coronavirus impacts. 

Webinars

What Metalcasters Need to Know About COVID-19 and OSHA Compliance
Presented by: Martha Guimond, Joseph A. Guimond & Associates
Slides (PDF) | Recording (MP4)

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of many non-essential businesses. Most foundries remain operational as we are considered a critical manufacturing industry according to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Operating in the current environment presents its own unique set of challenges, however. This joint industry webinar hosted by NFFS and the Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA) addresses the fundamentals of safe foundry operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar includes a review the OSHA guidance for employers and a special review of the answers to the most frequently asked questions by foundries.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Presented by: Amy Baker Trapp, MSHRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - VP of Human Resources and Safety
Slides (PDF) | Recording (MP4)

Description: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020. This Federal Bill provides employees with emergency Paid Sick Time (PST) and Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML), as well as tax credits to employers for PST and PFML, to address immediate public health issues associated with COVID-19. There are many components to the Paid Sick Time and Paid Family Medical Leave, with overlaps to each of these elements as well as the interplay with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other protected statuses. This joint industry webinar hosted by NFFS and the Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA) addresses many of the questions posed by member foundries and the practical implementation of the FFCRA as an employer.  As VP of HR and Safety for multiple foundries, Amy shares information about the fundamentals of this Act, mandatory posting and communications required, as well as some of the impacts on your business, potential exceptions if you have less than 50 employees, tax credits which may be available to you, and common questions you may have related to the application of the act from an HR practitioner’s perspective. 

Respiratory Protection Options During the N-95 Shortage & Respiratory Protection Program Review
Presented by: Martha Guimond, Joseph A. Guimond & Associates
Slides (PDF) | Recording

Description: The recent Coronovirus outbreak has caused significant problems for foundries. Many foundries use the N9-5 dust mask as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE) programs. Since the outbreak, N-95 respirators are virtually unavailable due primarily to the fact that the general public has bought all available inventory in hopes of protecting themselves from the virus. As a result, foundries have found themselves without the required supplies of N-95 respirators that they need to continue operations. If your foundry is requiring the use of N95 respirators but cannot get adequate supplies, there are options available! Given the industry wide impact and the rapid emergence of this issue, NFFS hosted this special webinar reviewing respirator program requirements with specific content addressing fit testing and medical surveillance requirements.

Articles

The CARES Act’s ‘Main Street Lending Program’ to Provide $600 Billion in Loans to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses  (June 19, 2020)
The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) as part of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security) Act to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses...

A Summary of the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act (June 5, 2020)
The Health and Ecomonic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act is a massive, $3 trillion proposal, even more ambitious than the $2.2-trillion CARES Act passed in March...

SBA Addresses PPP Eligibility Certification and Forgiveness Concerns (June 5, 2020)
When a borrower applies for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, they are required to certify in good faith that current economic uncertainty makes the loan request necessary...

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funds Still Available (June 5, 2020)
On April 27, 2020, the Federal Government replenished the Paycheck Protection Program with $310 billion in additional funding...

Congress Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPFA) (June 5, 2020)
On June 3, the Senate voted to approve the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPFA), the House bill which triples the time allotted for small businesses...

OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Guidelines Regarding Recording Cases of COVID-19 (June 5, 2020)
On May 19, 2020, OSHA issued updated interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs)...

NFFS Signs Joint Letter to Congress Asking for Coronavirus-Related Liability Protections for Workplaces (May 15, 2020)
The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and over 250 other associations in signing a May 3rd letter addressed to Congress...

Small Business Administration Provides Safe Harbor for Paycheck Protection Program Loans Less Than $2 Million (May 15, 2020)
When a borrower applies for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, they are required to certify in good faith that current economic uncertainty makes the loan request necessary...

How Foundries are Dealing with COVID-19 (May 1, 2020)
While non-ferrous foundries are deeply concerned about their employees’ health, it can be difficult to figure out HOW to comply with social distancing and other requirements...

Survey Results: The Effects of COVID-19 on NFFS Members (May 1, 2020)
In order to help ensure that the Society is effectively assisting its member companies with their most urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, NFFS recently conducted a survey...

Summary of State-by-State Reopening Plans (May 1, 2020)
The following is a partial compilation of state actions regarding the reopening of businesses within each state...

NFFS and Watry Industries Partner to Provide PPE to the Foundry Industry (May 1, 2020)
While many states are considering the timing with which to partially reopen their economies, many of these same states are now requiring employees to wear face coverings while at work...

OSHA Issues Enforcement Memo Regarding COVID-19 (April 17, 2020)
On April 10, 2020, OSHA published interim guidance regarding the need for employers to record COVID-19 infections among their workforce on their OSHA 300 log...

The CARES Act: An Update for Small Businesses (April 3, 2020)
On March 31, the Small Business Administration released its sample application for the Paychecks Protection Program loan established in the recently passed COVID-19 CARES Act...

CARES Act Small Business Tax Provisions (April 3, 2020)
Below is a summary of two different provision affecting tax credits and tax payments as contained within the CARES Act...

Small Business Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus (April 3, 2020)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses...

Leitelt Brothers, Inc. Creates Bracket for Medical Facilities that Helps Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (April 3, 2020)
“Doing our part to fight this nasty virus,” said a representative from Leitelt Brothers, Inc., a NFFS member foundry located in Chicago...

President Trump Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act Which Includes Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion for Employees (March 20, 2020)
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as authorized and passed by the House of Representatives...

ICC & WHO Issue Unprecedented Call to Action for Businesses to Tackle COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)
On March 16, 2020, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a joint statement regarding COVID-19...

The N95 Dust Mask Shortage and Your Foundry (March 6, 2020)
The recent Coronovirus outbreak is causing significant problems for foundries. Many foundries use the N95 dust mask as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE) programs...