The Arlington, Virginia-based Aluminum Association and the Wauconda, Illinois-based Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) have both called upon the federal government and state and local governments to “ensure that aluminum industry operations and employees are designated as ‘essential’ and exempt from any ‘shelter in place’ orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Aluminum Association put its appeal in the form of a two-page released March 19 titled “American Aluminum Jobs: Essential to the Nation.”
That document states that aluminum has already been identified as a critical mineral that is “vital” to American security, per earlier Trump Administration trade-related executive orders.
The association also writes in that memo, “The aluminum industry produces a number of products that are essential during a public health crisis including inputs for medical supplies, building materials, transportation equipment, and food and beverage packaging.”
The AEC in a March 20 news release states, “Now is the time for the Trump Administration to put the aluminum industry to work during this health crisis and deploy the resources that were deemed vital to our national security by the President.” Adds the AEC, “Aluminum extrusions are crucial components in a variety of products and systems that are used every day, and which are essential to keeping our nation running in an emergency such as medical equipment, temporary building structures, rail cars, trucking and other critical industries.”
Comments AEC President Jeff Henderson, “The aluminum extrusion industry stands ready to assist in this time of emergency that our country faces. The members of the AEC are hard-working, resilient and compassionate. They want to be part of the solution and not be relegated to the sidelines in this most critical time in our country.”