Latest round of PPP funding available: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
Additional information can be found in this Construction Dive Brief: https://www.constructiondive.com/news/latest-round-of-ppp-loan-program-kicks-off-today/593122/
The following suggestions are compiled from anecdotal sources and are presented here to provide hints at how an EIFS applicator can accommodate an improved worksite while the COVID-19 pandemic presents its challenges.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the workplace and the way we go about our daily lives. Through advocacy and providing useful information, EIMA continues to be available to the entire industry during these challenging times.
Advocating for the industry continues to be a core function of EIMA. On March 27, EIMA called on Governors Hogan (Maryland) and Cuomo (NY) to favor the construction industry as essential businesses. This effort is shared by several other building and construction associations. Read the letter here: EIMA Makes Push for Construction Industry.
EIMA has also worked with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania to push for the passage and adoption of SB 613: Support SB 613 and EIMA Calls on Gov. Wolf to Sign SB613 (Update: Gov. Wolf is reopening construction on May 1)
EIMA conducted a survey of the EIFS industry to determine how COVID-19 was affecting their individual businesses. The results were collected between March 26 and March 31, and can be viewed here: Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on the EIFS Industry
Congress passed the CARES Act, which included assistance for small businesses. The Paycheck Protection Program provides forgivable loans for small businesses during these challenging times, which can cover up to 8 weeks of payroll costs, mortgages, rent, utilities, and more. As of Friday, April 3, individuals began applying for this assistance.
Learn more about how the CARES Act can help you and your business.
April 20, 2020 Letter requesting additional funds for PPP: Letter to Congressional Leaders
As states continue to determine whether or not the construction industry falls under an essential or non-essential business, Architect Magazine has created a resource to help keep you up-to-date with your state. Construction Industry: State by State Tracker
Worker safety has long been a priority for the construction community. During these challenging times, the need for the safety around all individuals on and around a jobsite is only more critical. As the Associated General Contractors references, few industries are better at handling the evolving safety regulations than the construction industry. AGC Working Safe
Keep Workers Safe; Keep Construction Going
Keep up with COVID-19 standards from US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Safety and Health Topics | COVID-19 - Standards
Potential resources for where you can purchase items to keep your jobsite and workers safe:
*If you believe your company is selling items that help to keep workers and job sites safe, please email Scott Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplacehttps://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework