Can Manufacturing is a “Critical Business” during Pandemic

Statement from CMI President Robert Budway

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the federal, state and local authorities around the country consider which critical businesses need to remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) strongly encourages can manufacturing be considered priority business or critical industry.  Authorities should consider not only can manufacturing plants as critical but also the metal, coating and transportation suppliers as well. 

During a time when outsized demand for everyday canned foods, beverages and disinfectant products is straining supply chains, can manufacturers need to be able to continue manufacturing iron-clad containers that supply quality food and sanitizing products to American consumers.  The more than 22,000 can manufacturer employees take great pride in producing durable metal containers for nutritious, affordable, safe and accessible foods and beverages.  

As consumers look to nutritious shelf stable canned beverages, foods and important cleaning supplies during this global pandemic, can manufacturers are working overtime to meet demand.  CMI asks that the President, state governors and local officials to place can manufacturing on the list of critical business to alleviate any additional concerns U.S. consumers are having with their dire need of canned products as they self-quarantine during this crisis.


The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 119 billion food, beverage and general line cans; which employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $17.8 billion in direct economic activity. CMI members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers.

Contact: Sherrie Rosenblatt: | Phone: 202-232-4677



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