• Amber Thomas

[UPDATED] AMT Joins Effort for Critical Manufacturing Designation

AMT joined 110 manufacturing organizations in a letter calling on states and localities to adopt the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) definition of “critical infrastructure” (which includes critical manufacturing) when closing non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus. A CISA memo dated March 28, 2020, provides guidance to state, local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and essential businesses needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


CISA defines the critical manufacturing sector as employing the “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.” 


The CISA definition encompasses AMT’s membership, but not all states have adopted CISA’s guidance. Pennsylvania, for example, published a list of life-sustaining businesses that excludes metalworking machinery or industrial machinery manufacturers, but includes their customers. (Pennsylvania businesses can file a Request for Waiver/Exemption to Business Closure.)


The letter was delivered to the White House, CISA, governors, and mayors.