(Mar '20) Digi-Key meets definition of "Critical Sector"

26 March 2020


Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently issued Executive Order 20‑20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. The order acknowledges the special responsibility of essential infrastructure and contains exemptions to the "Stay at Home" order for critical sectors.


Digi-Key meets the definition of "Critical Sector" and remains fully operational.


Based on definitions and guidance from state authorities, Digi‑Key has determined that our work must continue for the following reasons:


•    Digi-Key is part of the Critical Manufacturing Sector: Gov. Walz's order expressly exempts those businesses providing operations necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, operation of dams, water and wastewater management, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. See Executive Order 20-20, 6(j), page 7.

•    Digi-Key's NAICS code is 4236 - Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has published a list of critical NAICS industry codes. Code 4236 is listed as Critical Industry, indicating that employees in that industry qualify for a Critical Sector worker exemption. See https://mn.gov/deed/assets/naicscritical-list_tcm1045-424829.pdf


In addition, the "Stay at Home" order attached and incorporated by reference the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance. Digi‑Key is a distributor to additional critical sectors identified in this federal guidance:


•    Health Care - Digi-Key is a distributor of medical equipment, personal protective equipment, logistics and warehouse operators, disinfecting and sterilization supplies

•    Communications and Information Technology - Digi‑Key is a supply chain vendor that provides hardware and software for critical infrastructure

•    Defense Industrial Base - Digi‑Key provides materials/services to the Department of Defense


Executive Order 20‑20 further requires all employees who can work from home to do so, even if they are eligible for a Critical Sector worker exemption. Prior to issuance of the order, Digi‑Key instituted a "Work From Home" policy to promote the safety and health of our people and community. We are well‑staffed and fully functional as many from our workforce have transitioned to remote work. Essential operational fulfillment and production support areas of the business continue under greatly enhanced procedures for sanitation and social spacing. We are not accepting outside visitors, and we have restricted all business travel.


Together we play a critical role in combatting this pandemic. And together we will prevail.

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