From the beginning of the pandemic when the eyes of the country were fixed on Washington’s first-in-the-nation Covid-19 outbreak to the darkest days of lockdown, employers found a way to keep going.
You worked from home. You geared up in PPE and adapted to new protocols. You built online stores and retooled production lines to make face masks, hospital gowns and hand sanitizer. In this state of makers and entrepreneurs, you made it happen. And AWB was with you at every turn.
In the earliest days of the lockdown, when the world was coming to grips with the scale of this ordeal, AWB was a source of timely, credible information. As the weeks turned into months, we were your advocate in Olympia, encouraging the safe reopening of as much of the economy as possible, as quickly as possible, as safely as possible.
We helped employers access grant funding and PPE. We joined with others to promote face masks as a way to save lives and save jobs. In October, when we would normally be on the road touring manufacturing shopfloors, we built a mobile video set and streamed programming from a safe distance. The pandemic didn’t stop manufacturers from coming through when we needed them, and it didn’t stop us from shining a spotlight on this important sector.
We went through a lot in 2020, but we found a way to keep going. And we’re not stopping now.
AWB is the catalytic leader and unifying voice for economic prosperity throughout Washington state.
Kris Johnson, President | Brian Forth, Board Chair