Date: Thursday, 4/23/20
Contact: Brett Gerrish
Office: 517-487-8533

Manufacturers Ready to Safely
Restart Michigan’s Economic Engine

MMA joins Midwest counterparts in call to reopen manufacturing to protect the regional economy

LANSING (April 23, 2020) — John J. Walsh, President & CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), today joined with his counterparts at Midwest trade associations representing the manufacturing industry to recognize the importance of the industrial sector and its ability to safely scale up operations to reignite the economy.

“The response from Michigan manufacturers to the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly inspiring as countless employers have stepped up to transform their daily production to provide much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE). They have demonstrated their ability to meet and exceed all reasonable safety standards,” said Walsh. “Manufacturers will continue to lead with solutions to the health care crisis and it is time to allow them to lead the solution to our economic crisis.”

The heads of seven Midwest manufacturing organizations pointed to the unique experience of manufacturers in complying with state and federal safety standards and called on their respective state governors to “reopen all of manufacturing and other essential businesses” to protect the regional economy. Read the letter here.

For more information on the MMA’s response and to schedule a call with MMA President & CEO John Walsh, contact MMA’s Brett Gerrish at 517-487-8533 or

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For more information, contact Brett Gerrish, at 800-253-9039 ext. 533 or 517-487-8533.