Retired U.S. Navy Four-Star Admiral William McRaven to Deliver Keynote Address at Association’s 115th Annual Event
ERIE – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will participate in a business roundtable discussion with select Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) members at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1st at the MBA Conference Center, 2171 West 38th Street, Erie, PA. 16508. For security purposes and to remain compliant with Pennsylvania COVID-19 guidelines, only pre-approved media personnel are invited to attend.
“We are excited to host the Secretary of Commerce.” said MBA President and CEO John Krahe. “Our members are uniquely positioned to provide ‘boots-on-the-ground’ feedback on the economic affects the coronavirus pandemic has had and what is still needed for re-opening efforts. At a time of uncertainty, it is a breath of fresh air this administration is committed to manufacturers and those they employ, particularly our membership throughout western and central Pennsylvania.
The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will go into effect July 1 and will be a key topic for Wednesday’s discussion. Additional topics will include: what’s needed to bring back more domestic manufacturing; reopening the country; federal resources still needed; lessons learned from business shutdown; difficulty that the $600 federal UC benefit has created for small businesses; personal stories from attendees about how they produced COVID related PPE; payroll tax credits; business operations if there would be a second wave of the virus.
“Having this event on July 1 at the MBA is significant on a national stage with the USMCA going into effect.” Said Krahe. “Our members have come to expect a voice in government and our existing relationships allow us to do this at the highest levels.”
ERIE – In response to Governor Wolf’s May 29 press announcement excluding Erie County from receiving a “green phase” designation, Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) Senior Government Relations Representative Jezree Friend issued the following statement:
“We continue to encourage our members to comply with Pennsylvania’s recommended safety measures for their business operations, and we are proud of their continued diligence to provide a safe environment for their employees and customers.
The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) recently announced its 2020-2021 Board of Governors.
Chairman Mark Raimy is president and chief executive officer of Welders Supply Company – Raimy Corporation in Erie, the region’s largest supplier of industrial gas, medical gas and hard goods to the manufacturing, health care, laboratory and restaurant industries.
Raimy also serves as chair of the UPMC Hamot Board of Directors, a member of the UPMC Board and is chairman of the UPMC Investment Committee.
ERIE – Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin invited the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) to participate in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 29, to provide feedback from the business community on COVID-19 recovery measures. Following the meeting, MBA President and CEO John Krahe issued the following statement:
We are grateful the DCED has agreed to open lines of communication with the business community as it takes steps to allow businesses to reopen. Our long-standing advocacy efforts give our members a voice for business, and we are pleased with the reception Secretary Davin gave our proposals.
ERIE – As increasing reports surface of businesses denied or still waiting on federal and state loans, employees unable to access unemployment compensation benefits, and permanent company closures, Manufacturer & Business Association President and CEO John Krahe issued the following statement:
“We share Governor Wolf’s concern for the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. However, after five weeks of forced closures, our members crave leadership as well as a plan to protect both lives and livelihoods. The two are not mutually exclusive and such standards have been established in neighboring Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.
ERIE – In response to Governor Wolf’s executive order last evening to close all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in the state, Manufacturer & Business Association President and CEO John Krahe issued the following statement:
“We share the governor’s concern for the health and safety of Pennsylvanians and applaud the efforts of our elected officials to prioritize these strategies. However, it is for these reasons we strongly urge caution to implement such broad and drastic measures unless they are based on consideration from stakeholders.
In uncertain times, well-intentioned, hasty decisions can do more harm than good. As far as we understand, no industry specific or business organizations were consulted to determine the governor’s definition of ‘non-life-sustaining,’ or how businesses that were not granted exemptions would suffer.
The urgency with which businesses were mandated to comply fails to recognize the physical reality of modern industrial practices and further serves as evidence this decision was not made following counsel. The order contradicts guidance issued by the Cyber-Security and Infrastructure Security Agency and further impedes the Department of Health and Human Services efforts to mobilize manufacturers to convert and repurpose production lines for critical supplies.
It is critical that immediate provisions are made to permit supply and distribution chains to remain open to allow ‘life-sustaining’ goods reach their end users. Vendors and distribution chains are not limited to the geographical boundaries of our state and will suffer long-term economic and public health damage if action is not quickly taken.
It is incumbent on individuals, businesses and government to work together to protect our future. It is for this reason it is imperative Governor Wolf rescind his mass shutdown order and work with those stakeholders that would be affected by any future mandates.”