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A Mask for Every Utahn
On April 28, 2020 Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox announced a partnership between the state of Utah and the Utah Manufacturers Association to coordinate efforts for the initiative of "A Mask for Every Utahn".

On the Business Elevated Podcast, UMA President Todd Bingham stated, "We’re pleased, as a 115 year old organization, to be a part of it. As the pandemic hit, there’ve been a significant number of companies that weren’t exactly sure what they were going to be doing over the next few months.

As their facilities were shut down for safety reasons, many of them switched to participate in these types of things. They started looking at PPE or personal protective equipment. When you reached out to us and asked us to help this on this project we went to work and reached out to a bunch of our companies and said this is what the state wants to do. Who has the capabilities, the processes, the equipment and the manpower to help us produce a large number of face masks across the state."

“We want to do everything we can as we work together as a state to combat COVID-19,” said Gov. Herbert. “Wearing a mask when we are out in public may not be convenient, but it can help slow the spread of the virus. Let’s all do our part in stopping the spread and helping to protect those around us.”

Utahns can go to and place an order for a free face mask. The mask initiative is for all Utahns. We would particularly welcome orders from those who:
  • Don't already have a face mask,
  • Aren't able to make a face mask or get one from someone else, and
  • Aren't able to purchase a face mask.

Masks are being manufactured at facilities throughout the state and supporting the continuation of 200 jobs throughout Utah. Thank you to the following manufacturers who are participating with the Utah Manufacturers Association on this initiative; Autoliv, Coleman Knitting Mills, Crockett Gear, Blacksmith International, Dream World, Dustless, Future In Design (FIND), Game Gear - Osborn Sewing, Quilt Easy, Morris Quilting, Quality Products, Sew Inspired, Sleep Number and Uinta Mattress.

  • To listen to the full Business Elevated Podcast with Ben Hart, Deputy Director at GOED and Todd Bingham, UMA President Click Here

  • To view the announcement by Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox Click Here

  • To read announcement on Governor Gary Herbert's website Click Here
Utah will transition to Moderate Risk/Orange phase May 1.
Governor Gary Herbert announced on April 28 , 2020 that Utah will transition to MODERATE RISK, or ORANGE phase, on Friday, May 1.
There are several points that remain the same throughout all the phases: 
  • We need to be exceedingly careful for those in our vulnerable categories (over 60, underlying, health issues)
  • We need a heightened level of common sense. People need to take personal responsibility for their own actions. The guidelines cannot account for every nuanced situation. 
  • We need to stay informed. Knowing the latest updates and being familiar with the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan can help guide activity. 
  • We need to be vigilant with hygiene and cleaning. 
  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not immediately possible
  • Use masks in public
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean high touch surfaces
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid shaking hands

NAM Webinar: Helping Keep Employees Productive & Secure: Cybersecurity During COVID-19 Leading Edge webinar
The NAM is hosting a special webinar with to leaders from PwC to discuss the looming cybersecurity threats brought on by COVID-19… and how manufacturers can stay ahead of the curve.
This webinar will be held Today, April 29, at 12 p.m. ET.
To join this call, please RSVP now .   (Note that capacity is limited and we expect this call to fill up, so please let us know if you can attend as soon as possible.)
On this call, we will explore best practices for enabling rapid, secure remote work models, managing third party security risks and steps to developing a multifaceted defense strategy. 

We’ll also discuss the importance of training and communications to confirm your stakeholders and workers are aware of perceived risks, prevention strategies, and contingency plans.

Speakers from PwC include:
  • Joe Nocera, Cyber & Privacy Innovation Institute Leader
  • Emily Stapf, Principal, Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Harshul Joshi, Principal, Cybersecurity & Privacy
For key resources and prior updates, visit our website

The UMA’s Center for Business and Continuous Improvement is gathering information to help Utah manufacturers deal with the latest COVID-19 related information. UMA’s Center exists to directly help Utah manufacturing companies enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and performance.

If you have any questions you would like addressed in future updates, or feedback about this information, please contact the UMA Center Director, Ryan Mecham at .
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