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DHS Designates Construction, Building Product Manufacturing and Supply Chain as “Essential Critical Infrastructure” Businesses

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, March 30, 2020
Updated: Sunday, March 29, 2020
[Washington] - In a significant achievement for WDMA, on March 28 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued version 2.0 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. The Guidance now includes construction, building product manufacturing and its supply chain as essential critical infrastructure.

While not a federal directive, this recognition is critical to encouraging and supporting state and local jurisdictional determinations to maintain construction and building product manufacturing operations, including supply chains, as essential critical infrastructure. WDMA strongly urged CISA to recognize these industries as essential critical infrastructure in communications with CISA on March 24.

“WDMA emphasized that not only are these industries primary contributors to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the economic security of the U.S. as a whole, they are also critical to the collective COVID-19 response,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “We also emphasized that maintaining the health of these of industries is essential to the U.S. and global economic recovery from the pandemic.”

In addition, WDMA worked collaboratively with numerous construction industry allies to assure that construction, building product manufacturers and their supply chains were included in this latest Guidance from CISA.

WDMA continues to advocate on behalf of the industry, including the recently enacted federal COVID-19 relief legislation and with state and local governments regarding “stay-at-home” and business closure orders. WDMA members may access the latest on these state orders and other COVID-19 activities at www.wdma.com.

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