Northeast Ohio manufacturers fighting to stay open

Posted at 8:55 AM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 09:22:24-04

CLEVELAND — Manufacturers in Northeast Ohio have sent a letter to President Trump.

Eighty-three companies employing more than 18,000 people signed on to the letter sent Friday.

They are concerned the federal government may consider closing manufacturing plants in light of the new coronavirus pandemic.

They say a shutdown would be devastating to the industry and our nation’s supply chain.

A number of local manufacturers are making products used to fight the disease— like disinfectants and tooling to make ventilators.

They say they are taking extraordinary steps to protect the health of their employees right now, and are asking the federal and state governments to adopt a set of “best practice guidelines” to maximize safety while preserving jobs.

We will keep an eye on it and let you know as soon as they get a response.

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