GM will build ventilators in IN, surgical masks in Warren

Marco Green
March 28, 2020

"The companies are adding thousands of units of new capacity with a significantly expanded supply chain capable of supporting high-volume production", the statement continued.

All GM resources will be provided at cost.

Separately, GM also said it will start next week producing Level 1 surgical masks at its Warren, Michigan manufacturing facility. The automaker said it may make face shields for first responders to use with N95 respirator masks at an undisclosed MI plant, at a rate of up to 100,000 a week. "The entire GM team is proud to support this initiative".

But the Society of Critical Care Medicine says there are only about 200,000 ventilators in the United States.

"We'll work in partnership with the private sector but where emergency exists and it's very important we get to the bottom line and quickly, we'll do what we have to do", Trump said at a press conference afterward.

General Motors' statement said the company is scheduled to start shipping ventilators as soon as next month from an automotive electronics factory in Kokomo, Indiana.

The first ventilators that the plant produces will be delivered in April.

GM will build ventilators in IN, surgical masks in Warren
GM will build ventilators in IN, surgical masks in Warren

According to a source familiar, GM is continuing to prepare its facilities and both General Motors and Ventec are working on the assumption that the government deal will happen but understand that even if it does not, there is a need and a market for ventilators.

"I think we need to let the scientists and the doctors tell us what we need and not people without medical degrees or the background", she said.

Mahindra CIE Automotive Ltd MAHN.NS said it is working with a ventilator manufacturer in India to help simplify the design and scale up production, including at some Mahindra plants. The order came amid a dispute with GM over a contract to build the ventilators.

But GM says it had already sourced the 700 parts it needs to build the devices. VOCSN provides invasive and non-invasive ventilation across a comprehensive set of modes and settings throughout the care continuum from the hospital to the home.

GM had been expected to retool a mothballed auto plant for the production.

Trump faced criticism when GM closed the Lordstown plant previous year, which once employed more than 1,400 workers. That number could eventually increase to 100,000 masks, but production will be "influenced by the availability of materials".

With no deal to announce, Trump then lashed out against GM and Ford on Twitter Friday morning.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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