We wanted to know how our manufacturing industry friends and staff were coping with the COVID-19 crisis at work and personally. Here is what they said:
"The virus has permeated every aspect of our lives. As an essential manufacturer we have been doing our best to keep our lines open, but it has been challenging. Our main goal is to keep our workforce safe. Those who do not feel comfortable coming in or, of course, are sick, do not need to come in. We have had roughly 65% attendance. We take long weekends to sanitize the facility to provide comfort and security to our valued associates. I am amazed at the resiliency and determination of not only our team but those of nonprofits like MR, and Westside Forward and JARC who are pushing ahead to serve those most in need during this crisis.
We are manufacturing non-medical facemasks for use by the general population. We have been donating to the local police district along with the CTA and PACE.
Trying to press on and make the right decisions. I am determined to get through this. But it has taken a toll mentally. And my body is atrophying from lack of exercise. But for some reason I am extraordinarily calm."