March 23, 2020
To: Customers, suppliers, employees, state or local law enforcement and public health & safety officials
From: Pretium Packaging, Inc.
Re: Pretium and our Affiliates Deemed an Essential Business Per U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
Pretium is a manufacturer of packaging for medical and consumer health businesses, food and beverage companies, personal hygiene product companies and businesses that provides nutrition and household chemicals, including chemicals used to clean, sterilize, disinfect and sanitize counters, doors, knobs, kitchens, bathrooms in homes and businesses. Pretium’s healthcare segment also manufactures FDA approved containers used in the distribution of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and life sciences applications.
These products are used daily in homes, businesses, and throughout the medical system to help people stay clean and healthy. Without the production and distribution of these products, we risk seeing widespread shortages of these essential daily-use products across the United States and Canada. Production is especially critical right now to meet the sudden increased consumer and retail demand. Pretium’s business supplies other essential businesses with the support and supplies that are necessary for other essential activities to support communities across the United States.
Because the continued operation of our facilities, and the operation of our supply chain related to the products produced here, is critical to our region’s direct response to the pandemic, we have determined that our operations constitute an “Essential Critical Infrastructure” as defined in the March 19, 2020 Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
All personnel not essential to basic operations have been asked to work remotely. All employees performing basic operations have been instructed to comply with social distancing requirements, and we can assure you that we are executing complete and rigorous protocols in our facility in order to minimize the risk of infection by COVID-19.
As efforts to mitigate the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. continue to evolve, many state and local governments are putting into effect “Stay at Home” or “Shelter in Place” executive orders and mandates including several jurisdictions where Pretium operates, raising questions about what businesses may be required by law to shut down.
These orders and mandates provide exemptions for businesses considered to be essential critical infrastructure and, to date, have included Pretium and our affiliates and suppliers in these designations. Pretium will actively monitor and comply with any and all national, state, providence and local orders as they are issued. Additionally, Pretium will actively monitor and comply with any and all directives from regulatory bodies with jurisdiction over our activity including the FDA, CFIA, OSHA and EOCC.
Pretium is a crucial link in supplying the US and Canada with primary packaging, containers and medical devices essential for keeping both countries safe with food security as well as ensuring medical responsiveness for both the battle against the virus and those with other medical needs. Thank you for your continued support as Pretium strives to play our critical role in these unprecedented times.