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Reopening Manufacturing: These States Are Lifting Restrictions on Manufacturers

Posted by IndustrySelect on Thursday, June 11, 2020

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As the coronavirus infection rates begin to fall in many regions of the United States, multiple states are forming plans to reopen their economies and restarting their manufacturing sectors. 

For those who do business with U.S. manufacturing companies, this represents both a source of confusion and opportunity. In many cases states are prioritizing the opening of manufacturing companies before the larger economy, representing a unique opportunity for sales, marketing and business development executives who provide vital products and services to manufacturers.

Manufacturers that are looking to reopen under strict new safety protocols are likely to be seeking a wide range of new such as cleaning and sanitizing services, new safety and PPE equipment, staffing and HR resources, financial services and more. If you sell to manufacturers, now is a critical time to get in touch. 

This is also a crucial time to reconnect with existing clients and see what their needs might be at this time.

Although critical infrastructure manufacturers have been allowed to maintain operations during the crisis, "non-essential" manufacturing has been mostly non-existent in much of the U.S. But now, some states are reopening their "non-essential" manufacturing sectors, others are still closed, while still other are opening on a regional or even county basis, making it difficult to know where to start when it comes to contacting manufacturers.

This article provides a list of some major manufacturing states that have opened or are planning to reopen their industrial sectors in the wake of COVID-19.


California was among the first states to be struck by the virus, but now the state is slowly reopening its economy on a county-by-county basis, making it all the more difficult to know which businesses are closed and which are open.

A number of counties in the state have been approved for Phase Two reopening, encompassing manufacturers and non-essential retail establishments. A full list of Phase Two California counties can be found here.

California is home to the largest number of industrial companies in the U.S., accounting for 25,131 companies and 71,000 executives.

Learn more about our California database of manufacturers.


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is slowly reopening Illinois on an incremental basis, dividing the state up by four regions. The state moved into Phase Three of its five-phase reopening plan on May 29th , allowing all non-essential manufacturers to reopen. 

Illinois is a major manufacturing hub, home to 16,194 industrial companies, making it a top state to keep on your radar. Reach all 16,000 manufacturers and 50,000 executive decision makers with IndustrySelect.


Under Governor Larry Hogan, the state of Maryland will enter Phase One as part of the state’s structured reopening plan. This will allow manufacturers to Maryland’s stay-at-home order ends on Friday, May 15th, allowing the state’s manufacturers to reopen.

Maryland boasts a small but powerful manufacturing sector, home to 4,200 manufacturers.

The state is known for its innovative industrial sector, with some serious investment made in biotech and pharmaceuticals. A recent study by CNBC ranks Maryland 6th in the nation for the quality of its workforce, and 10th in the nation for technology and innovation.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan manufacturers were allowed to reopen on Monday, May 11th, following the stay-at-home order that shuttered all but the most critical manufacturers in the state.

Manufacturers, including the Big Three automakers will be allowed to reestablish operations, provided that strict health and safety protocols are followed, even as the stay-at-home order is extended to the end of the month for the economy at large.

The Wolverine State is one of the fastest-growing states for manufacturing in the U.S., home to the Big Three and related suppliers, as well as a number of other innovative enterprises. Read about the state’s top manufacturers here, or find out about how to contact Michigan manufacturing executives directly.

New York

The state of New York is also reopening on regional basis, with five of ten distinct regions allowing manufacturers to resume operations as of May 15th. These regions include Central New York; the Finger Lakes region; the Southern Tier (borders Pennsylvania); Mohawk Valley (west of Albany) and North Country (Adirondacks).

New York is a manufacturing giant, home to nearly 15,000 companies and 41,000 executive decision makers. Click here to reach manufacturers in New York.


Through the state’s “Responsible Restart” program, Ohio has lifted lockdown restrictions on manufacturers, as well as offices, construction firms, and distributors beginning Monday, May 9th.

Ohio is currently home to 15,579 manufacturers employing 892,378, according to MNI, compiler of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect and is among the top states for manufacturing. You can contact up to 54,000 Ohio manufacturing executives with our Ohio database. Click here to learn more.


Everything is bigger in Texas, and manufacturing is no exception. The state accounts for the second largest number of industrial companies in the U.S, home to 21,673 companies.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that non-essential manufacturers in the state would be allowed to reopen May 18th, as long as social distancing protocols and strict occupancy limits are followed. Click here to learn about our Texas database.

Other States Reopening Their Manufacturing Sectors

Below is a running list of additional states that have restarted their manufacturing sectors. We will be updating this list weekly, so be sure to check back. 

Colorado: As of June 1st, Colorado partially reopened non-critical manufacturing, allowing facilities to operate with no more than ten employees and observing strict social distancing protocols.  

Georgia: The Peach State was among the first to restart its economy. Manufacturers have been allowed to reopen since late April.

Indiana: Indiana fully reopened its manufacturing sector, Monday, May 5th. 

Kentucky: Kentucky reopened its manufacturing sector May 11th.

Tennessee: Manufacturers resumed operations in Tennessee May 8th


U.S. manufacturing is slowly reopening on a state-by-state basis, with some states issuing phased reopenings, others allowing manufacturing to reopen on a regional or county basis. Manufacturing companies must follow strict safety and social distancing protocols. Industrial companies are likely to be on the lookout for new products and services as coronavirus continues to transofrm the workplace and stress supply chains.

Whether you’re looking to reach manufacturers nationwide or on a state, regional or city basis, an IndustrySelect subscription can put you in touch with the right decision makers. Reach CEOs, CFOs, Plant Managers, Human Resources Executives and more. Subscribers can get up to 30 data points to help them identify and pre-qualify the best leads from 400,000 U.S. manufacturers, sortable by industry, region, company size and more.

To learn more about what IndustrySelect can do for you, visit our website and start your free demo.



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