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MSCI Asks for Service Centers to be Declared 'Essential'

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The Metals Service Center Institute has called on the Trump administration to consider the metal service center business an essential industry when shelter in place policies are enacted nationwide. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, MSCI President and CEO Bob Weidner said service centers should be considered “critical infrastructure and remain open” during those orders.

“The companies that MSCI represents are essential businesses that supply product to hundreds of thousands of other essential businesses, including medical supply companies and the defense, aerospace, energy, food processing and equipment industries, and others in the supply chain. We estimate that, collectively, metals service centers supply the metals requirements for an estimated 300,000 downstream manufacturers, fabricators and other manufacturing intermediaries,” Weidner wrote.

New York and California had already enacted statewide shelter-in-place orders as of Friday, and Illinois was going to begin on Saturday morning. Other states are likely to follow, though a national order was not being discussed publicly.

“We are ready to work together to support the COVID-19 Task Force and appreciate your urgent attention to this most pressing matter,” Weidner wrote.