NTN-Bower employees considered “essential” during stay-at-home order

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — A local manufacturer decided its employees can return back to work after a week-long closure during the coronavirus crisis.

NTN-Bower shutdown its production for the week of March 23 following Gov. Pritzker’s ‘stay-at-home’ order issued for Illinois.

Officials at the bearing-producing company said they will resume operations March 30.

“Under this order, we have been deemed an essential business as a manufacturing company,” NTN-Bower officials posted on Facebook. “Additionally, under the same order, several of our customers have indicated their intent to continue their operations.”

The manufacturer’s management said the recent closure surrounding the pandemic has caused people to raise concerns about moving forward during the situation.

“We understand that this situation is highly unusual and is causing many people concern for themselves and their family member’s health; as well as, concern for their financial security,” officials said.

Management said all employees will be granted five days of additional vacation, in addition to each employee’s normally accrued vacation time.

The company said it plans to beef-up its safety measures to clean and sanitize its facilities.