Digi-Key Critical Part of Manufacturing Success


Digi-Key will remain open and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an letter from Digi-Key President Dave Doherty, he explained  the course Digi-Key will follow and its’ designation as an essential industry.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 on Wednesday (3-25-2020) , 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 to be open for business. 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 their work must continue as they provide operations necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for industries designated in Governor Walz’s order as essential.

The stay at-home executive order also makes reference to federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidance. This guidance identifies Digi-Key as a distributor to additional critical sectors such as health care, communications and information technology and the Department of Defense.

Governor Walz’s executive Order 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. Globally, they now have approximately 2000 employees working from home.

During the period of Governor Walz’s executive order, Digi-Key is closed to visitors.


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