The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) has provided a list of the 56 Adams County businesses that were granted exceptions and placed on the state’s list of life sustaining businesses.
The DCED also explained the procedure used to classify businesses.
According to DCED, all Pennsylvania businesses were initially classified using industry sectors defined by the United States Census Bureau, known as the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), and marked as either “open” or “closed” based upon whether those businesses were life-sustaining, or otherwise necessary to assist in battling the pandemic.
After the initial classification, businesses that did not appear on the list of life-sustaining businesses, but that provided goods and services necessary to life-sustaining businesses, were allowed to apply for an exemption that would allow them to operate—often in a reduced capacity—during this period of business closure.
Across the state about 43,000 businesses requested exemptions and just over 6,000 of those businesses received exemptions.
The granted exemption only allowed the business to engage in the activities that specifically referenced in their request for an exemption.
The state gave as an example a manufacturer that was required to close under the initial orders, but received an exemption because it made products required by the healthcare industry. If granted an exemption the manufacturer could make the healthcare products only.
The state said it was continually reviewing the exceptions for discrepancies.
“The exemption review process relied on the information provided to the DCED review team from an applying business. If a business misrepresented its life-sustaining operations, the administration has acted quickly to address and rectify the mistake as soon as it was brought forward,” said Rachel Wrigley, DCED Deputy Director of Communications.
“DCED has been undergoing quality control review over the duration of the review process. The department has changed some initial determinations from a denial to an approval, and sometimes from an approval to a denial,” said Wrigley.
The administration has also developed a complaint form for concerned individuals to report non-compliant businesses.
This following is a list of Adams County businesses that received an exemption:
Alexander’s Well Drilling
C. Minter’s Sealcoating
Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies
CST Bearing Co
Cleveland Industrial Recycling
Blue Collar Restoration Services LLC
Dreamscape Outdoors LLC
DRI Machine and Fab
Foster General Construction
Gettysburg Construction Co
Gettysburg Performance Gym
Glass Lockshop & Property Maintenance
Greenridge Glazing Applications
Allen L. Jeffcoat
Harrington’s Equipment Company
Hawk Industries, Inc.
J A Myers Homes
Jacobs Tool & Mfg.
John W Bosserman Inc.
JZ Lawn Care
Keyser Consulting Group, LLC
Knoebel Picarelli (DBA: KPI Technology)
Len Dick Signs Inc.
Martins Renovation And Remodeling
O?Malley Wood Products
Pa Roof Revival Llc
Pennwood Products Inc.
Pine Ridge Campground
Rebel’s Construction, Inc.
Rowland Tree Service
Sanderson’s Coal Service
Signify North America Corporation
Simply Willow Plants
The Flower Boutique
The Natural Food Company
Timberline Recreational Enterprises, Inc.
TNT Underground Contracting Inc
Ultra Care Floor Systems, Inc
Tucker Industrial Liquid Coatings Inc.
Tripwire Operations Group
Vista Machines Inc.
Whispering Creek Tree Removal
Wilke Enginuity Inc.
Wm. F. Hill & Assoc., Inc.
Wolfe Industrial Auctions, Inc.