As our world struggles to contain the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our thoughts are with all those affected by this disease. Our thanks go out to researchers on the front lines fighting to defeat this virus and the health care professionals caring for the sick. Risking your own safety to protect the lives of others is the very definition of a hero.

The human toll of this disease is great and lessening its impact is of primary importance. We all need to do our part to “bend the curve” of its spread. Here at PMF, we’ve stopped accepting outside visitors to our campus for the time being. Some members of our office staff whose jobs allow, have begun to work remotely from home. Employees who must remain on-site have been instructed to follow CDC guidelines for handwashing, social distancing, and cleanliness. We’ve increased the daily disinfection of shared spaces and commonly touched surfaces throughout our plant. Most importantly, anyone showing symptoms of the disease have been instructed to remain at home.

As the spread of the disease has worsened over the past few weeks, some local and state governments have issued “stay-at-home” orders, including our own in North Carolina. Most of these directives involve the closure of “non-essential” businesses. We respect the decisions of these municipalities and understand the need during this crisis.

As “critical manufacturers”, however, we want to reassure our customers that we have been exempted from stay-at-home orders and are continuing to actively manufacture your products.

Our customer base is diverse and includes manufacturers of power distribution equipment (which ensures continuity of the electrical grid), medical and pharmaceutical equipment manufacturers, as well as suppliers to the Department of Defense. Under the CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) guidelines, many of our customers are suppliers to the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. As a vital member of their supply chain, our company falls under the heading of “Critical Manufacturing”.

We take our responsibilities as a neighbor, employer, and supplier seriously. As we all work to navigate this crisis, we at PMF will continue to monitor the situation closely and make adjustments when necessary. Our goal is to fulfill our role in keeping our nation’s infrastructure secure and operational, while protecting the health and safety of our employees and community.

Be well. Stay safe. Take care of each other.

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