Mar. 24, 2020 - HarbisonWalker International (HWI), along with tremendous support from the customers, has been working intensely to obtain clarification or any necessary waiver in response to the March 19 Pennsylvania order to close “non-life sustaining businesses.”
On March 23, 2020, HWI received an affirmative directive from the Governor’s office, as they awaited the official written response to the filed waiver/exemption request. Leading officials within the administration recognized the nature of their waiver request. They replied that HWI’s products are very important to many life-sustaining businesses and that HWI “should continue its operations in Pennsylvania.”
Since thousands of businesses have filed for waiver/exemption requests, HWI expects that it may take some time to receive the written confirmation. With respect to Pennsylvania and every state that has issued a COVID-19 health order, HWI is fully operational.
HWI is prepared to proactively work with other state government officials and, as necessary, file exemptions (along with letters of support from many customers) to ensure that HWI’s entire network of operations continues to be available to support customers.
Every day, the security and assurance of supply to all customers is a top priority for HWI, even as they continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of their people.