Hobart Brothers, an Ohio-based manufacturer of filler metals, solid wires and stick electrodes, has been deemed an essential business during the coronavirus outbreak.

The company provides products to critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the US Department of Homeland Security.

“We’re maintaining operations in order to provide products to sectors including transportation, energy, food production, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defence and more – while also implementing additional safety measures,” the company said in a statement.

“Our top priorities are the health and safety of our employees and our community. We are following guidelines provided by the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local governments, to maintain the safety of employees on site.”

“Our efforts include separating staff by off-setting shift hours or days and/or social distancing. Those employees who are able to work from home have been encouraged to do so.”

Hobart Brothers has said it will continue to communicate any changes related to COVID-19.