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TI kept manufacturing and R&D open during "shelter in place"

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Texas Instruments — even with new local COVID-19 rules — can power ahead.

The chipmaker can keep some of its sites humming after new "shelter in place" policies were rolled out in Dallas County, where the company has some of its operations.

“Following government guidance in locations where we operate, TI can continue manufacturing and some R&D work given the need for our products in many critical infrastructure industries and applications,” the company said in a statement. “Employees who work in our manufacturing operations and some employees in our engineering labs continue to report to work as their roles are essential to meet customer needs.”

As businesses adjust to new rules, the Dallas semiconductor provider says it has been closely watching developments around COVID-19 and has adjusted operations as needed. Employees not essential to manufacturing R&D in its labs are required to work from home.

At the same time, the company is bolstering some employee benefits, offering up to four weeks paid time off, specifically for use in any personal situation related to COVID-19. That includes challenges with working from home due to childcare, eldercare, family matters or employees who are concerned about reporting to work because of an underlying health condition.

“We continue to make decisions with our employees’ health and wellbeing top of mind while balancing the needs of our customers,” the company said.

TI, one of the biggest local employers in the Dallas area, is grappling with COVID-19 and its effects on operations and the economy as a whole. Other local companies have made changes in their operations, including AT&T.

The statement comes more than a week after saying it was encouraging employees who have a role where they can work from home to do so. Also, it said sites remain open and manufacturing operations continue.

TI said it will continue preventive measures as well. That covers temperature screening, more frequent cleaning of the factory and common areas and encouraging six feet of distance between employees.

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