Our primary focus is on the health and safety of our employees and our customers. We have business continuity plans in action to prepare us for a variety of external business impacts, including a pandemic, such as the one we now face, COVID-19.
- No impact to operations/manufacturing of isocyanates or resin
- Sales, Technical Services, Customer Service, Engineering, Marketing and all other departments are fully functioning to support you
- Limited impact has been seen to the logistics network, therefore we ask for more advanced lead time on orders
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you with news or changes as we receive it. We remain focused on your business needs while maintaining high levels of health and safety standards for our employees.
Jobsite Health & Safety Reminders
Maintaining a 6-foot distance on a job site is challenging. While spray foam contractors already wear personal protective equipment (PPE), they still risk coming in contact with other people on the site.
To help workers maintain a safe distance, companies are developing technology designed specifically for job sites, including wearable devices that sound an alarm when people get too close. The tools also allow for contact tracing, which helps track and monitor the spread of disease.
Disinfecting and cleaning
In addition to continuing proper handwashing techniques, contractors should not share tools. If they are shared, the tools should be disinfected before they change hands. Other recommendations for the post-COVID construction site include:
- Regular sanitizing of worksites, portable bathrooms, and work vehicles
- Staggered on-site schedules to reduce the number of people in one place
- Encouraging employees to change clothes before they enter their homes
Contractors should expect additional training and health screenings before stepping foot on a job site. For example, Washington state is requiring contractors to post at each site their exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plans. In some locations, employers will be required to take employee temperatures and ask questions about COVID-related symptoms.
In March, the U.S. government authorized the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion financial relief package to help small businesses and individuals. CARES provided $350 billion in forgivable small-business loans to pay employees but was depleted in just two weeks. On April 21, Senate lawmakers reached an agreement on a $310 billion replenishment package. The additional stimulus would provide funding for small-business lending, national coronavirus testing, and hospital needs. President Donald Trump indicated he would sign the agreement.
Additional U.S. stimulus packages include:
- An estimated $300 billion in stimulus payments to most individuals and families. Individuals who earn $75,000 or less annually are eligible for $1,200 each. Married couples earning $150,000 or less per year can receive $2,400. Families with children are also eligible for $500 per child age 17 and under.
- About $260 billion in stimulus funding is designated for unemployed individuals, which adds $600 a week from the federal government in addition to state unemployment benefits.
- Unemployment benefits for self-employed workers who are not eligible for regular unemployment. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides 39 weeks of benefits.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
The subsidy helps businesses by paying 75% of an employee’s wages, up to $847 per week, for up to three months. The funding is retroactive to March 15 and available through June 6. The CEWS application is expected to be active on April 27. Business owners should register for a My Business Account to ensure fast access to the CEWS application on opening day.
Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
Some business owners are also eligible for a 10% Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) payroll tax reduction. Qualified business owners include individuals (excluding trusts) and partnerships. Businesses that receive the subsidy must report the total amount as income and follow other requirements.
Some Canadian businesses are also eligible for lines of credit, such as:
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
The BCAP, coordinated through Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), provides direct lending support. Some of the programs include the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which provides funding for immediate operating costs such as rent and payroll. Other options include loans for small- to medium-sized businesses that were financially viable before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please continue to contact us with any questions you have as we are here to support you and help you keep your operations running. For your convenience, please see the contact information below.
Customer Service: firstname.lastname@example.org | 281-954-4716
Equipment Services: email@example.com | 281-954-4721
Credit Services: firstname.lastname@example.org | 281-219-4100
* Toll-Free: 1.877.636.2648 (connects to all departments above)