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Illinois Governor Releases Phase IV Guidelines for Businesses & Industries

This morning, Governor Pritzker released the Phase 4 guidelines that will take effect on Friday, June 26. The IMA has been working with the Governor’s Administration and the Chicago Mayor’s Office during the past few weeks to ensure that the manufacturing sector is represented in these reopening discussions. All manufacturing was permitted to operate under Phase […]

As Processing Plants Reopen, More Meat For Americans To Eat

The faster-than-expected recovery in slaughter production has almost neutralized the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. meat supply, said the government on Thursday. The USDA estimated that Americans will consume an average of 220.2 pounds of red meat and poultry this year — more than half a pound a day apiece. At 220.2 […]

Plant-Based Meat Alternative Sales Experiencing Pandemic Boost

The coronavirus pandemic has given a big boost to sales of plant-based meat as consumers search for protein amid the current health crisis. While processing plants are now close to normal production, the meat sector struggled with the closure of plants and reduced production as thousands of employees became ill and dozens died of COVID-19. Some resulting price […]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues FAQs Regarding Use of Masks In The Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of masks in the workplace. These FAQs & Answers mark the latest guidance from OSHA addressing protective measures for workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic. This information is particularly useful now as […]

How Meat Producers Can Improve Food Safety with Robotic Automation

Feeding America will be one of the greatest challenges in the years to come as companies are unable to find the workers needed to process food. Like most other companies, food industries are looking for ways to improve productivity, and sacrificing food quality for lower cost is not an option. The use of automation will […]

DWD Announces Increase Use of Work-Share Plans

Prior to the Covid-19 emergency, Wisconsin had used 20 work-share plans which involved 899 participants. DWD announced there are more than 500 work-share program plans with almost 18,000 worker participants in Wisconsin. Work-share plans help employers retain employees during slow periods by reducing their hours and allowing employees to file for partial Unemployment Insurance benefits. […]