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MFG Tools for Safe & Productive Operations

MMA has developed MFG Tools for Safe & Productive Operations to help you develop your plan for business resumption and to identify partners that can help with procedures and equipment for critical operational elements like virus mitigation, enhanced facility disinfection, employee screening and training, financial resources, risk management and legal services.

This interactive digital tool integrates leading safety standards for manufacturers with direct contact information for MMA member companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the vitality of Michigan’s manufacturing sector. We encourage you to reach out to the companies included in the MFG Tools for Safe & Productive Operations to help you deal with the challenges facing your business.

In addition, MMA has achieved a staggering number of pandemic policy changes working with policymakers and state leaders on behalf of manufacturers.

The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and does not, nor is it intended to, constitute legal advice. Companies and individuals should always consult legal counsel to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal question or issue.

See the MMA COVID-19 Financial Relief Tool Kit for information on federal and state programs that your business could qualify for.

As we prepare for the near future where manufacturers lead the return to a robust economy with a safe, healthy, confident and economically secure workforce, MMA is working to support our member companies by developing resources to help you restart or scale up your operations safely and productively.

  • MMA has developed two tools to help you develop your plan for business resumption:
    • MFG Tools for Safe & Productive Operations is an interactive digital tool that integrates leading safety standards for manufacturers with direct contact information for MMA member companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the vitality of Michigan’s manufacturing sector.
    • MFG Best Practices for Operating Safely and Productively condenses the leading safety standards and best practices for manufacturers on critical topics like employee screening, social distancing, decontamination, personal protection equipment, communication and training.
  • Heritage-Crystal Clean, the nation’s second largest and fastest growing parts cleaning and industrial waste services provider, offers FDA- and EPA-approved services to decontaminate common surfaces and dispose of potentially contaminated materials.
  • HoMedics, a trusted health and wellness company for over 32 years, has converted its supply chain to provide critically needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks, no-contact thermometers, air purifiers, pulse oximeters and other equipment you might find useful for opening back up.
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  • iMBranded, a Pontiac-based provider of architectural millwork and customizable graphics for multiple industries, has developed a line of social distancing signs and products designed to help businesses implement social distancing measures as they re-open.
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MMA Premium Member Resources
The COVID-19 Vaccine: What Manufacturing Employers Need to Know

Wednesday, January 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced manufacturing employers to consider countless new decisions and workforce policies, not the least of which is how to handle vaccination. How will you handle employee vaccination and when will your team be eligible to receive it?

Join MMA on Wednesday, 1/27/21 at 9:30 a.m. to get prepared. In this free interactive discussion, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Hear from Washtenaw County Health Department Environmental Health Director Kristen Schweighoefer on how vaccines are being distributed and how local public health officials are working to expedite shots in arms.
  • Learn from noted labor and employment attorney Matt Radler of the Honigman firm what state and federal law says about employment policies related to employee vaccination.
  • Ask your questions directly of these respected professionals.

The State of the State and What Lies Ahead for Manufacturing Policy Priorities

Thursday, January 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State Address on Wednesday, 1/27/21, and for the first time in history, the Governor’s annual presentation of policy priorities will be delivered virtually.

Join MMA’s Government Affairs team on Thursday, 1/28/21 at 11:00 a.m. to learn about the path laid forth by the Governor, how it aligns with MMA's manufacturing agenda and how legislative leaders are responding.


Visit MMA’s Online Learning Center for the following COVID-19-related webinars:
(please note, you must be logged into the MMA website to access member-exclusive webinars)

webinar thumbnailDo You Qualify for the Employee Retention Tax Credit?

Presented by MMA and Maner Costerisan
The federal Coronavirus Relief Bill signed into law in December extended and expanded the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a refundable tax credit initially created under the CARES Act to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. Perhaps most importantly, the new law clarifies that businesses will now be able to take both the Employee Retention Tax Credit as well as participate in the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). MMA and Dennis Theis and Matthew Latham, principals with the manufacturing-focused business advisory and public accounting firm of Maner Costerisan, teach how you can take advantage of this new opportunity.


webinar thumbnailPPP Round 2: What You Need to Know

Presented by MMA and Butzel Long
A new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding was signed into law in late 2020. MMA and the experienced and trusted team at Butzel Long guide you through the the key provisions of the new law and explore the interplay with prior law and regulations related to PPP loans.


webinar thumbnailWhat to Do When Customer or Supplier Financial Distress Stresses You Out

Presented by MMA and Wolfson Bolton PLLC
COVID-19 has strained many businesses like never before; both operationally and financially. While many manufacturers are closely evaluating their own finances, have you considered how your customers and suppliers are doing and how that could impact your bottom line? MMA and Adam Kochenderfer, an attorney with Wolfson Bolton PLLC, give an eye-opening presentation on how to proactively plan for three different levels of financial distress.


webinar thumbnailGain Insight into COVID-19 Special Enforcement Efforts

Presented by MMA
In November 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a special MIOSHA enforcement effort related to COVID-19 Emergency Rules. MMA hosted an interactive discussion with Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan to learn more about increased enforcement in workplaces across the state from Michigan’s point person tasked with coordinating the state’s effort to monitor and enforce workplace safeguards in this free video conference.


webinar thumbnailMy Employee Was Exposed to COVID-19; Now What?

Presented by MMA
Michigan’s Epidemic Order requires that employers follow CDC guidance and work with local public health officials when a case of COVID-19 enters the workplace. Don’t get overwhelmed with the details. Ingham County Health Department Health Officer Linda Vail joined MMA for this in-depth discussion of how employers should respond when an employee is exposed, as well as trends local health departments are seeing and how they are responding.

webinar thumbnailLearn More About New Workplace Safety Rules

Presented by MMA
MMA and Michigan’s Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Sean Egan took a deep dive on emergency rules issued in October by MIOSHA imposing a number of workplace safety requirements on employers.


webinar thumbnailAccess $75K in Matching Funds to Offset Foreign Competition

Presented by MMA and Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Rising foreign competition in the time of COVID is a major challenge for many small manufacturers. Join MMA and Scott Phillips, Senior Project Manager, Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center for a free informational webinar to learn how the federally funded Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program can help qualified companies make the changes they need to get in shape for the long run.


webinar thumbnailPayroll Tax Suspension Webinar

Presented by MMA and Maner Costerisan
Under the terms of the President’s “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID–19 Disaster,” withholding, deposit, and payment of an employee's share of the 6.2% Social Security tax are deferred on wages paid for the rest of the year. This does not mean the taxes are forgiven. The taxes are still due. As a result, businesses will need a strategy on how to handle the deferral now and what will still be owed in January 2021. Join Dennis Theis from Maner Costerisan for this webinar on the Trump tax deferral.


webinar thumbnailOpen for Business; Now What? Managing a Different Kind of Workforce Crisis

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
These are certainly unprecedented times and there is no playbook. Chuck Mouranie and Ken Mall of EDSI Consulting have been working with companies and government agencies across the country to help them manage through this crisis. This interactive session will explore what other organizations are doing to manage their workforce, keep them safe, and get back to business.


webinar thumbnailLessons Learned and Growth Ahead; A Peer-to-Peer Discussion

Presented as part of the 2020 MFG Operations Conference
Eight months in to one of the most tumultuous and unpredictable years in history, manufacturers are looking back at lessons learned during the early phases of the global pandemic and are looking forward to growth ahead. Watch the peer-to-peer discussion moderated by Rehmann’s Melissa Johnson with executives from leading manufacturers for an engaging and informative discussion of preparedness planning, adaptation and recovery.

Press Releases
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
County Orders
Governor’s Executive Directives
Governor’s Executive Orders
  • EPA Temporary Enforcement Policy (March 26, 2020)
    Temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID–19 pandemic
  • EGLE Discretionary Enforcement Guidance
    In light of the EPA Guidance, EGLE has issued guidance on discretionary enforcement. EGLE has established an email box to accept requests from entities who face unavoidable noncompliance directly due to the COVID–19 emergency. In response to those requests, EGLE may consider extending reporting deadlines, waiving late fees, and otherwise exercising enforcement discretion
  • EGLE’s Materials Management Divisions Guidance (March 26, 2020)
    Notice for businesses dealing in waste and materials management with guidance related to operations during the current COVID–19 pandemic
  • Air Quality Guidance (April 6, 2020)
    Temporary policy from the Air Quality Division that has updated its procedures to allow for greater ease in submitting information to EGLE. The Guidance applies to Permit to Install Applications, Stack Test Reports and Protocols, Renewable Operating Permit Applications, and Renewable Operating Permit modifications. The Guidance also provides a District Office contact list for any submissions.

Contact Delaney McKinley

Delaney McKinleyVice President of Membership, Marketing & Events
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