Covid-19: Recover, Reboot, Reopen

Transitioning Through the Pandemic

As manufacturers navigate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there are several key issues company leaders should consider and  steps they can take toward business continuity planning, safety and wellness  of employees, and adjusting its communications strategies.  As your dedicated MEP Center in the Show-Me State, Missouri Enterprise is enhancing its assistance to help manufacturers find their way through this crisis. For our experts to respond to your needs, we recommend you first take our brief Covid-19 Readiness Recovery Assessment, which will provide you with valuable feedback on  where your company’s recovery strengths and weaknesses are in the categories of STRATEGY, COMMUNICATIONS, PEOPLE, and PROCESSES.

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This tool will help you identify immediate and long-term needs and solutions. No matter where your company is on the path towards recovery, we are here to help and guide you along the way. Please complete this brief assessment and we will be follow-up with you in the coming days to customize assistance.  Click here to take the Covid-19 Readiness Recovery Assessment. 

Recovery Solutions for Manufacturers

How We Can Help

 Through their combined 300+ years working in manufacturing and 80+ years in healthcare, our experts are here to help you navigate the aftermath of this health crisis to get your operations and people up and working.  With a specific focus on helping manufacturers transition through this pandemic, Missouri Enterprise created the Covid-19 Response Team.

Here are examples of some of our dedicated Covid-19 Response Solutions.


Reshape your strategies by building resiliency into your business model and preparing for the next disruption. Our team can help you determine and respond to operational risks as well as identify opportunities to focus on new products and markets.

  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Business Resiliency Planning
  • Supplier & Materials Scouting/Supply Chain Development
  • Product Development, Pivoting to New Products
  • Market Research
  • Feasibility Study
  • Import/Exporting
  • Covid-19 Manufacturing Network (help us meet the medical community PPE demand)
  • ERP Systems


Marketing and communications are crucial in taking steps towards recovery, yet they are often overlooked during times like these. Marketing is critical to remain relevant with your customers and stakeholders. Enhanced internal communications create a greater sense of comfort and increased morale for your employees. We can assist you with communications strategies and marketing plans to ensure your business remains on the forefront during this recovery process. 

  • Marketing to Customers (Marketing Plans)
  • Communicating with Suppliers
  • Communicating with Employees


Ensuring the safety of your employees should be your top priority, especially those who have been deemed essential to your operations and to the overall economy. We are here to help your company develop workforce plans to set up safe practices, training for new positions or to produce new materials, infectious disease controls, and prevention. Here are just a few examples of some of the PEOPLE solutions we offer. 

  • Setting Up Safe Practices at Work
  • Understanding Wellness & Hygiene Guidelines
  • Infectious Disease Planning
  • Returning to Work Preparedness
  • Workforce Strategies – standard of work modifications, work schedule and shift changes, work & people flow strategies, remote working planning, redistribution of skills and management team based on needs of the company, workforce phasing plans, recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Training – virtual training programs to help you and your team carry on with the work at hand as well as prepare for new roles once operations resume. This includes webinars, remote one-on-one consulting sessions with experts, and more. Here are a few examples of our training: Training Within Industry, DDI, Webinars, Tooling U. 


This pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our processes and systems. Every one of us can learn something from this major disruption. Is now the time to review and re-evaluate your systems, processes, layouts and work standards? Are there areas where wastes can be reduced or eliminated? Regarding your processes in place, what has changed and what needs to change to reopen and recover from this crisis? Are you in create mode? Or re-evaluate mode? Regardless of the side of the coin you are on, reviewing your processes to identify efficiency is key. Our experts can provide a new perspective and guidance.

  • Cleaning the Workspace (How to clean? What to Clean?)
  • Lean
  • 5S
  • Six Sigma
  • Cybersecurity & remote working
  • ISO
  • Plant Layout
  • Value-Stream Mapping
  • Workflows
  • Organizational Structure
  • Energy Efficiency & Savings

Covid-19 Response Team

Our team of experts have decades of experience working in manufacturing and healthcare and have  opened their schedules to  help your company work through challenges. 

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No matter where your manufacturing company is on the path towards recovery, we are here to help and guide you along the way. Our manufacturing and healthcare experts on staff are dedicating their time to and talent to transition the industry through this crisis. We are in this together. 

Dusty Cruise President & CEO of Missouri Enterprise


Resources for Manufacturers

  • Reopening Products & Services Directory  A directory of products that are made in Missouri and in the US to help businesses recover and reopen to protect their employees on the job. Items include non-medical grade PPEs, gloves, protective barriers and guards, signage, cleaning products, sanitizer and more.    Note:  This is NOT a matchmaking site to supply PPEs to the  medical community.  For details on that effort, visit the Missouri PPE Marketplace.
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  • First Steps to Reopening Checklist & Webinar  – An overview of steps your company can take NOW to prepare for the reopening of Missouri’s economy. The webinar covers a high-level checklist that can be applicable to most if not all business models.
  • Preparedness Playbook (COMING SOON) – A robust strategic document to help your company prepare for future disruptions, regardless of what they are. Scientists say this is not the last we will be disrupted by Covid-19.
  • Covid-19 Manufacturing NetworkInterested in helping produce PPEs or other medical products? Join our network and start connecting with other Missouri manufacturers to help one another fill the PPE supply chain gap. Ready to make and sell PPEs now to the medical community? Add your information to the state’s PPE marketplace.
  • Federal/State Aid & News Updates  – local, regional, statewide and federal resources & programs.
  • Covid-19 Webinar Series – To help manufacturers and businesses alike navigate the current health crisis, here are several webinars to keep you focused, positive, informed, engaged, and productive.  From help understanding Infectious Disease Planning & Controls, to training for new positions, Business Continuity Planning and more, you can sit back and learn about these important topics from the comforts of your home or office.

Covid-19 Video Playlist for Manufacturers


Covid-19 Readiness Recovery Assessment


Your Area Business Manager can help answer questions or connect you with the right resource.