COVID-19 Update



Waytek to Remain Fully Operational

Yesterday Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an Executive Order 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 "Stay at Home" order contains exemptions for businesses deemed essential infrastructure for critical sectors. Waytek meets the criteria for this exemption and will remain fully operational. 


Shipping Update from FedEx

Today FedEx suspended their money back guarantee globally by issuing this statement.

“The impact of COVID-19 is causing local, state, and national governments around the world to issue work and travel restrictions on a daily basis which are impacting our ability to meet our high standards of service.

As a result, we have made the decision to suspend our money-back guarantee for all FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office services effective immediately until further notice. Because FedEx is an essential transportation service provider, we will continue operating as government restrictions and regulations allow.”

For more FedEx service information, please visit the FedEx website.


Shipping Update from UPS

Notice from UPS – Suspension of Service Guarantee

“Effective March 26, 2020 and until further notice, we have suspended the UPS Service Guarantee for all shipments from any origin to any destination.”

For more details visit the UPS website (Link UPS website to this URL:



Letter from the CEO

March 26th, 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 and preserve public health and safety, on March 25th the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, issued an Emergency Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “stay at home” effective at midnight on Friday, March 27th through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th.   

This order directs the closure of all non-essential businesses and exempts businesses deemed essential by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) or the list of critical businesses from the state of Minnesota.  Because Waytek’s operations are “essential” under the applicable orders, as explained below, Waytek will continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis to provide essential products to the medical, defense, transportation and logistics, food and agriculture, law enforcement, and public works sectors. 

On March 19, 2020, CISA published its guidance titled: “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response” (“CISA Guidance”). The CISA Guidance identifies 16 separate essential critical sectors.  Among those are Critical Manufacturing which includes: “Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for …and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, …emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.”

The State of Minnesota also published a list of NAICS code which identifies code 4238, Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers, as an essential business.  

As a stocking distributor with an NAICS code of 4238, Waytek is an essential part of the supply chain of the categories mentioned above, providing immediate access to essential products needed in the manufacturing process.   As an essential business, Waytek will continue to operate unless circumstances change drastically. 

We have taken the following precautions to limit the risk of exposure to our employees:

  • Implementing CDC and Minnesota Department of Health recommendations
  • Practicing social distancing by requesting all employees stay at least 6 feet apart
  • Applying more stringent disinfecting procedures throughout our office and warehouse
  • Restricting all visitors to our facility
  • Limiting the number of employees operating onsite by moving our office staff offsite to work from home
  • All delivery drivers are required to wash their hands prior to entering the facility

We appreciate your support during these unprecedented times and are committed to supporting you with the products you need to keep your business moving forward.   Our focus throughout this crisis continues to be the safety of our employees, the safety of our customers, and supporting our customers with the products they need.

Charlie Kanan

CEO, Waytek, Inc.