Quoted from JodyG:
Your scope is way too narrow. I'm living in the wide scope of the industrial manufacturing definition as we speak. We do not make anything remotely close to being a necessity, and its business as usual here. Even warehouses are exempt here. No qualifications on what you are warehousing.
My scope is way too narrow? Please, make me laugh some more. The definition I presented is a cut and paste from just about every manufacturing classifications guide there is. Doesn't matter how wide your personal scope is, STERN is a Misc Manufacturer, not an Industrial Manufacturer.
But.......at the same time, I get what you are saying. You are using industrial manufacturing as a generic description/term. Unfortunately, here in Illinois, if Gov. Prickster decides to shut it down, STERN will not be exempt because nothing they make is essential for further manufacturing needs.
Will it have any effect on the hobby? Nah, not at all. I believe most of Stern's designers and engineers can work remotely through home offices and/or lap tops. It will shut down production lines, but I cannot see any of the production line people being paid during the time off(if it were to happen).
I personally believe the biggest hit will be if the economy were to sour after the virus scare is coming to an end. That would be the biggest blow to Stern. I don't see that either. We as Americans love to spend, and once the all clear is given I see the economy booming again.