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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Due to the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we have established this webpage as a central repository for all communications and actions Entec Polymers is taking to help you, our customer, manage your supply chain needs during this crisis. This webpage will be updated as federal, state and local governments issue new directives and mandates to help limit the spread of the virus and as business dynamics change, especially with respect to logistics, warehousing and global supply chains.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and monitor for regular updates. Thank you for your support and understanding.

OPERATIONS

Being a Florida-based company, we already had extensive and robust hurricane business contingency plans in-place for the safety of our employees and to maintain business continuity. These plans include the ability for all employees to work remotely and connect via enhanced video-and-audio conferencing technologies, among other IT resources.

Entec Polymers is following the guidance of global health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As of March 22, 2020, we have fully implemented our business continuity planning with all employees working from home. This plan has worked seamlessly in the past with no business disruptions.

Although we fully expect to provide the same world-class service you’ve come to expect from Entec throughout this crisis, changing dynamics with respect to government mandates, logistics and our employees’ personal health are being closely monitored. We’ve already adapted and have secondary contingency plans in place to provide coverage should we have employees fall ill and require weeks of recovery time.

COVID-19 Business Plan Update 3.27.2020

Letter from Entec Senior Vice President and General Manager, Steve Tomaszewski

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RESOURCES

The CDC Guide for COVID-19 Preparedness

Please keep yourselves safe and healthy by following the CDC's guidelines.

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SUPPLY

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus has generated a lot of concern due to the unknown impact associated with the supply of raw materials.

We are in constant contact with our suppliers and our logistics team is monitoring any potential changes and/or issues. Should any changes have an impact on product availability or lead times, we will send out the appropriate notification as soon as possible while simultaneously posting updates on this webpage.

Our focus is to continue to provide you world-class uninterrupted service. If you feel that a more formal risk mitigation plan is warranted, we recommend you contact your account manager to discuss your forecast demand and the plan that best meets your individual requirements.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Safety Carriers Association) relaxed HOS (Hours Of Service) regulations for drivers and companies moving critical goods to help aid in preparation and containment. The movement of plastics is not currently eligible for relaxed HOS restrictions. Drivers are mandated to move critical goods and materials first. This means less drivers to deliver plastics in an already tight driver market. The problem will exacerbate as transportation companies begin asking employees to isolate either voluntarily or by government action. We have already seen delays due to these changing circumstances but are doing our very best to work with our transportation partners to deliver plastic on-time.

Dramatic changes are also taking place in the warehousing and logistics industries which are directly connected to COVID-19. Warehouses are adjusting staff to the protect employees. As a consequence, same-day shipments from warehouses are becoming more difficult and receiving new inventory and repackaging products is taking much longer. In short, warehouse operations are slowing down.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and will update you if we anticipate any changes to this statement. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them.

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FDA EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATIONS (EUA) & COVID-19 RELATED PRODUCTS

While Entec Polymers is actively monitoring our global supplier network and freight lanes to identify any risks of business interruption, we are simultaneously focusing attention on customers requiring components related to COVID-19 support and treatment, particularly those subject to an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The latest FDA EUAs for medical devices on the FDA’s website can be found at THIS LINK. As COVID-19 support and treatment extends beyond those critical medical products subject to an FDA EUA, including personal protection equipment (PPE), labware and therapeutic products (as of this writing), our goal is to ensure we understand your priorities so we may take appropriate action to fully align with your needs and state/local requirements.

We are asking customers who produce medical products directly related to the prevention, sampling, testing, detection, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 to contact us as soon as possible.

If your medical product is subject to an FDA EUA:

If your medical product is not subject to an FDA EUA but is related to COVID-19:

An Entec representative will respond to your request quickly and take appropriate action based on priority level. While our supply chain currently remains strong, we recognize that products and services deemed critical are of extreme importance and timing is a priority.

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS (CISA) / ESSENTIAL DESIGNATIONS

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Specific details related to these critical infrastructure sectors can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA website at THIS LINK.

Many of these sectors either produce or consume plastics during critical times and are therefore companies operating in these sectors are designated as Essential by various federal, state and local governments. We are asking customers who produce these types of products to reach out to us as soon as possible.

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Entec Critical Business Update 3.26.2020

Letter from Entec Senior Vice President and General Manager, Steve Tomaszewski

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