Dear Copa Tool Employees,
In our continuing efforts to keep our employees informed and to address questions that some employees have asked, we wanted to explain to everyone the justifications management has reasoned through in keeping our operations in place at this point.
An increasing number of states have ordered the shutdown of different businesses or required consumers to stay home and shelter-in-place. Throughout this challenging period Copa Tool has focused on supporting the critical needs of our customers in the automotive, aerospace, defense and agriculture industries.
Under Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home. Stay Safe” executive order that went into effect March 24th, 2020, recommendations were made for the businesses that fall under the critical infrastructure description. These guidelines included the following provision:
Critical Manufacturing: Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, 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.
In addition, consistent with the President’s guidelines: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
Based on Copa Tool being a critical supplier of fastener products to the automotive, aerospace, agriculture and defense industries, management has determined that Copa Tool qualifies as a supplier to a critical infrastructure industry. This has been confirmed through correspondence we have received from a number of our customers on their own self assessments and requirements that we continue to supply them with needed parts for their production needs. As a result, we are remaining open at plant and mainlining the needed staffing either at the South Lyon facility or when practical working from home to address our current business needs.
We recommend that employees keep a copy of this letter accessible in case you need to show justification of coming to work.
We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.
Take care and stay safe,
The Copa Tool Management Team