RCBI responds to the COVID-19 Crisis:

We Are All in this Together

 

Everyone feels the impact of the unprecedented measures being employed to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we want you to know that RCBI at Marshall University is here for you and stands ready to assist.

 

RCBI is open to serve our clients

Although we have modified our regular operations – with most of our staff working remotely from home – we are available on-site at RCBI to assist essential manufacturers. While we follow practices that limit personal interactions and maintain appropriate, 6-foot social distancing zones, our Technical Services group members are available at RCBI to assist you when necessary. 

If you or your company is experiencing COVID-19 related illness and you have a project or work order that needs completed, please call us at 800.469.RCBI (7224) to learn how we can assist with completing your project.

Thank you so much for your continued support during what is a very difficult time for everyone and especially for small businesses. We are proud that we can continue to be a resource for manufacturers, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

Additional Resources

 

OSHA recommendations designed to keep
manufacturing workers safe during pandemic

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has just issued the following recommendations to keep manufacturing workers safe during the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
  • Establish flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
  • Practice sensible social distancing and maintain six feet between co-workers, where possible.
  • For work activities where social distancing is a challenge, consider limiting the duration of these activities and/or implementing innovative approaches, such as temporarily moving or repositioning workstations to create more distance or installing barriers (e.g., plexiglass shields) between workstations.
  • Monitor public health communications about COVID-19 recommendations for the workplace and ensure that workers have access to and understand that information.
  • Train workers on how to properly put on, use/wear, take-off, and maintain protective clothing and equipment.
  • Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent spread of the virus.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ tools and equipment.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List Nor that have label claims against the coronavirus.
  • Promote personal hygiene. If workers do not have access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Provide disinfectants and disposable towels workers can use to clean work surfaces.
  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov/coronavirusor call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

 

Paycheck Protection Program

After additional appropriations from Congress, new applications are being accepted as of Monday, April 27.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provides loans as a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.

Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any participating federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution.

Here’s a list of participating West Virginia financial institutions:

Bank of Mingo

Williamstown, WV

Bank of Monroe

Union, WV

Bank of Romney

Romney, WV

BB&T

Charleston, WV

Capon Valley Bank

Wardensville, WV

Citizens Bank of Weston

Weston, WV

Citizens Bank of WV

Elkins, WV

City National Bank

Charleston, WV

Clear Mountain Bank

Bruceton Mills, WV

CNB Bank, Inc.

Berkeley Springs, WV

Community Bank

Wheeling, WV

Community Bank of Parkersburg 

Parkersburg, WV

Community Trust Bank

Summersville, WV

Davis Trust Company

Elkins, WV

Farmers Bank of West Virginia

Mason, WV

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton

Chester, WV

Fayette County National Bank

Fayetteville, WV

Fifth Third Bank

Charleston, WV

First Community Bank

Beckley, WV

First Exchange Bank

White Hall, WV

First Mutual Bank

Parkersburg, WV

First National Bank of Pennsylvania

Follansbee, WV

First National Bank of Williamson

Williamson, WV

First Neighborhood Bank

Spencer, WV

First United Bank & Trust

Bridgeport, WV

FNB, Inc.

Romney, WV

Freedom Bank, Inc.

Bellington, WV

Grant County Bank

Petersburg, WV

Harrison County Bank

Lost Creek, WV

Huntington National Bank

Charleston, WV

Jefferson Security Bank

Shepherdstown, WV

JPMorgan Chase

Charleston, WV

Logan Bank & Trust Company

Logan, WV

Main Street Bank

Wheeling, WV

MCNB Bank and Trust

Welch, WV

Mountain Valley Bank

Elkins, WV

Ohio Valley Bank

Mason, WV

Pendleton Community Bank

Franklin, WV

Peoples Bank

Point Pleasant, WV

Pioneer Community Bank

Iaeger, WV

Pleasants County Bank

Saint Marys, WV

Poca Valley Bank

Walton, WV

Premier Bank

Huntington, WV

Putnam County Bank

Hurricane, WV

Summit Community Bank

Moorefield, WV

United Bank

Charleston, WV

Wesbanco

Wheeling, WV

Whitesville State Bank

Whitesville, WV

 

FINANCING & LOANS

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with advances of up to $10,000 and working capital loans of up to $2 million. Details

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) does not provide direct loans but can assist small businesses in identifying funding options and advice in structuring loans and refinancing.
Details  

The CARES Act provides up to $377 billion to help prevent workers from losing jobs and small businesses from closing due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Details 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers specific guidance about how to reduce the risk of virus transmission, maintain a safe work environment and keep your business operational during this crisis. Details

The CDC has issued specific steps individuals can take to avoid getting sick and spreading COVID-19. Details

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides detailed information on preparing your workplace in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Details 

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources maintains a COVID-19 resource page, which includes the latest information about how the virus is affecting the state. Details

The World Health Organization offers guidance on how to minimize risk in the workplace. Details 

 

TAXES

The IRS has extended the deadline for individuals and businesses to pay and file taxes until July 15, 2020. Details   

The West Virginia State Tax Department has implemented several changes to tax policy in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Details

 

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

The State of West Virginia has waived the waiting period and relaxed requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation. Details 

 

DISASTER PLANNING

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides resources for how businesses should prepare and react during the pandemic. Details 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers information about how to develop and implement a business continuity plan to ensure operations during times of disaster. Details 

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides disaster preparedness advice about how to manage your business during emergencies. Details   

 

Call for additive manufacturers

to assist in the fight against coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak presents an opportunity for makers and manufacturers of all sizes to support healthcare workers on the frontlines of this national health crisis by supplying 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields and masks.

These links direct you to resources, expertise and access points that offer help by providing designs and connecting healthcare facilities with 3D printers:

AMERICA MAKES

STRATASYS

MARKFORGED

3D SYSTEMS

As an early leader in the use of 3D printing and a founding member of America Makes – the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technology research and innovation – RCBI is focused on meeting the extraordinary challenges we face during this outbreak.

RCBI is using digital technology to help overcome this pandemic by taking advantage of additive manufacturing technology and 3D printing systems manufactured by Stratasys, 3D Systems, MakerBot, CubeX, Markforged, Formlabs, Dimension and Lulzbot.

We want to encourage and facilitate the mass mobilization of private industry efforts.

 

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