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Alert #1
Intermountain Healthcare is looking for the following supplies. Please contact Luminita Daniela Cherry at or at her office 801-442-3661 if you can help.

  1. PPE Products: Isolation Gowns, Exam Gloves, N95 Masks, Ear Loop Masks, Surgical Gowns, Face Shields, and Goggles.
  2. Polypropylene mesh: It provides the best anti-microbial protection (short of an N95 mask). IHC is trying to source 5,000+ KGs of polypropylene mesh/surgical wrap in large quantities to make medical grade face masks.
  3. Testing swabs. Nasopharyngeal swabs with synthetic tips and non-wooden shafts. Synthetic material only, size: 100 mm, 3.5 ML of transport media in the vial approximately. More product specification info here
  4. 500ml pump bottles to fill 3 1/8” diameter to contain hand sanitizer.
  5. Foam pads in 1” x 1” strips. See photo. Color is not relevant. 
Alert #2
Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele is looking for simple surgical masks (i.e. a simple, elastic, behind the ear style mask). Please contact Bard Mecham, Materials Manager at .  

Sterilization wrap is an acceptable material to make the masks. Most companies are out of stock of the masks but you may be able to get the wrap fabric. Click here and here for potential sources.
Key Resources
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 .

If you missed our prior updates, visit our website

Utah Manufacturers Association and National Association of Manufacturers Continuing the Effort for Essential Business Designations

While there is a Stay at Home order from Summit County in Utah, there is no statewide order to do that. The UMA is part of the Utah Critical Infrastructure Task Force to provide guidance to our state leaders on the critical nature of Utah manufacturing.  

On the national front, the NAM continues to work with our state association partners across the country to help manufacturers continue their essential work. The situation continues to evolve, and you can monitor the various state-level developments with the NAM’s state tracker here . Across the country, we are urging states to pursue a uniform approach by adopting the Department of Homeland Security’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, and we are advocating for clarity and uniformity on the process for essential businesses. 

If you haven’t already, you can help improve the DHS guidance that many states are adopting by emailing and with detailed examples of why manufacturing and manufacturing supply chains are essential business and critical infrastructure. View federal guidance from DHS here .

Background: The Departmentof Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued federal guidance on Thursday (March 19) categorizing a variety of manufacturers as among “essential” infrastructure. This guidance was updated on March 23 with an important addition to the “critical manufacturing” section, reflected by the highlighted text below: 

  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.
Paycheck Protection Program - Cares Act of 2020 (Summary provided by Davies Allen, Certified Public Accounts that you can find here 

The Senate unanimously passed the CARES Act on March 25, and the House is expected to vote on March 27. This bill is practically a done deal. One of the most anticipated parts of this new law is the Paycheck Protection Program that offers potentially forgivable loans to small businesses that have less than 500 employees. These are my cliff notes after my first read through the bill tonight.

Loan Amount
  • The maximum loan amount is 2.5 times your average monthly payroll calculated over the last year prior to the loan date. For example, what was your average monthly payroll between 03/01/2019 and 02/29/2020? Multiply that by 2.5. That is the amount you can be eligible to borrow under this program.
  • Loans are capped at $10M
  • The average monthly payroll calculation caps individual wages at $100k/year.
  • Payroll is defined as W-2 employees. Must be US based employees.

Who Qualifies
  • Those businesses with a "Covered Small Business Concern" which means, as a result of COVID-19, at least one of the following has occurred:
  • Supply chain disruptions
  • Staffing Challenges
  • A decrease in gross receipts or customers
  • Business Closure. It seems most businesses should qualify.
  • It also covers compensation a sole proprietor or independent contractor would have earned from Self-Employed income that has also been affected by COVID-19.

Loan Terms
  • Loan proceeds can be used for payroll costs including health insurance, medical leave, salaries, commissions, state payroll taxes as well as mortgage interest, rent, utilities, interest on any other debts obtained prior to February 15th.
  • No payments for the first six months....maybe up to twelve months.
  • Loan forgiveness may be requested by the borrower to the lender. The borrower will document they met all these requirements.
  • The loan will be forgiven in an amount equal to the sum of Payroll Costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent payments, utilities during the specific covered period which is the 8 week period beginning on the date of origination of the loan.
  • Loan forgiveness will be reduced if the number of average Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTEs) during the eight weeks is less than the average FTEs during February 15, 2019 - June 30, 2019, or average FTEs during Jan 1, 2020 - February 29, 2020. The government wants us to retain the same number of employees during this time period.
  • Loan forgiveness will also be reduced if there is a reduction in the salary paid to any employee during the 8 weeks more than 25% compared to the salary during the most recent full quarter they were employed. The government doesn't want us to reduce the amount we are paying employees during this time period.
  • After loan forgiveness, the remaining balance will have an interest rate of not more than 4% and the length of the loan will not be longer than 10 years.
  • The covered period for this program is between February 15 - June 30, 2020.
  • These are non-recourse loans as long as the proceeds are used for the intended purposes.
  • No personal guarantees
  • No loan fees
  • No collateral
  • No prepayment penalties

How do I apply for this type of loan?
  • An application can be made here
  • Also, the law appears to have delegated authority to lenders who have SBA lending authority already. The government is looking to local banks to help service the loans to meet the expected large demand. They are also opening it up to additional lenders. We'll see who jumps in the ring.
  • Davies+Allen is helping clients apply for these loans. We have team members dedicated to working between 1am - 4am when the website is running at good speeds.

Other interesting facts
  • Also, businesses with more than 500 employees with more than one location that employ no more than 500 employees per physical location that are assigned North American Industry Classification System code beginning with 72 are eligible. That code is for Accommodation and Food Services.
  • The definition of Employee includes full-time, part-time or any other basis.
  • As with other SBA loans, the borrower must not be able to get credit elsewhere. What local bank would lend on those terms right now for that purpose? HAHAHA.
  • These loans can be sold on the secondary market.
  • SBA will pay lenders loan fees of 5% for loans not more than $350k, 3% between $350k and $2m. 1% more than $2m.
  • SBA will pay off the lender the forgiveness amount.
  • Loan forgiveness will not be taxable to the borrower. Excluded from gross income. So do we still get to deduct the wages? Seems so.

That’s pretty much it on the loans. Hope this is helpful information. It seems like a no-brainer for many businesses right now.
Update: White House Requested COVID-19 Components Survey from National Association of Manufacturers 

Three phases of emergency manufacturing relief have developed: 
  1. Phase 1 is a focus on who has the existing inventory that can be redistributed. That was the aim of the information gathering of NAM’s first survey. 
  2. Phase 2 is focused on who can make more of what they usually make. (NAM’s second survey focuses on some critical components as well as other capabilities to support relief efforts.) 
  3. Phase 3 will extend to those who can potentially retool to make what is needed.

Thus far, the government’s capacity to respond has necessitated a focus on Phase 1, moving existing product to where it needs to go. NAM has been providing consultation and advice—to the government and to our members—that has already allowed the government to move tremendous amounts of product quickly. We are also helping them to work alongside manufacturers in the most efficient way.

The next step will be working with the federal government on Phase 2. Soon, the NAM will share a third survey, asking for even more detailed information. We will ask everyone, whether you have filled out previous surveys or not, to complete this detailed form.

The government will also be releasing a request for information (RFI). While some efforts will seem duplicative, FEMA has indicated it is also vitally important that all manufacturers who support this effort respond to our surveys and the RFI as well.
Recap of NAM–SHRM (National Association of Manufacturers and Society for Human Resource Management) Call on COVID-19 and Workforce

Yesterday, the NAM and the Society for Human Resource Management hosted a call with more than 6,000 participants to discuss how manufacturers can limit the impact of COVID-19 on their workforce and keep their businesses strong even during a time of quarantine. The call was led by Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the NAM, Carolyn Lee and featured comments from representatives from Dow and Littler Mendelson. A recording of the call is available here .
EPA Issues Compliance and Enforcement Discretion Guidance: COVID-19 Pandemic

Two news releases from the EPA will interest Utah manufacturing companies. There is a lot there for your environmental compliance specialist.  

  1. EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. EPA Continues Efforts to Help Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus
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