NLBMDA Secures Another Industry Victory: DHS Designates Construction as Essential

Monday, March 30, 2020

[WASHINGTON D.C.] – NLBMDA and its industry partners secured a victory on March 28 when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued version 2.0 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. The Guidance now includes construction, building product manufacturing and its supply chain as essential critical infrastructure.

While the DHS guidance is not a federal directive, this recognition is critical towards encouraging state and local governments to maintain construction and building product manufacturing operations, including supply chains, as essential critical infrastructure. These operations are important for lumber and building material (LBM) dealers and their ability to continue operating. LBM dealers were previously designated as essential critical infrastructure and NLBMDA has been working with DHS and other industry groups to have the Agency recognize construction as essential.

"NLBMDA made a strong case to CISA that construction activity is critical for both the COVID-19 response and the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA president and CEO. “We are pleased to see this recognition and will be urging state and local governments to follow the CISA guidance on construction to ensure LBM dealers and their supply chain can continue operating to help their communities and the domestic economy."

NLBMDA 3/30/2020

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