Snap-on Inc. associate tests positive for coronavirus, Milwaukee plant will remain open

Posted at 8:09 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 23:23:33-04

Snap-on Inc. says an associate in the Milwaukee manufacturing facility has tested positive for coronavirus.

Company officials say after being made aware of the positive case, they immediately did the following:

  • Cordoned off the associate's work area
  • Informed all plant personnel
  • Identified all associates that had direct contact with the individual, and those who had direct contact were sent home and asked to follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantining
  • Engaged special outside cleaning services to disinfect and sanitize the associate’s work area
  • The plant had already increased and will continue ongoing cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the facility

Officials say in this case, the plant associate was asymptomatic but was tested after close contact with an individual outside of work who had symptoms.

The Milwaukee plant will remain open and operational "because of the critical nature of its work in serving essential entities of the U.S. military, auto repair garages, and transportation services," said Samuel E. Bottum, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Snap-on Incorporated. "We are communicating with state and local health officials and following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards and guidelines."

Harley-Davidson is also temporarily suspending the majority of production at its U.S. manufacturing facilities after an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company said it closed its Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls Wednesday afternoon after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Harley-Davidson is thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the building, per the company's coronavirus response protocol.

The suspension begins Wednesday evening, March 18, through March 29, "to help support employee health and further bolster coronavirus containment efforts."

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