GM recalled more than 1,000 workers will make the ventilators at Kokomo, Indiana, plant. The auto manufacturer aims to begin mass production by mid-April and to make 10,000 ventilators a month by summer.
GM said the Franciscan Health Olympia Fields hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois, and Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospitals will receive shipments of 10 ventilators each via package delivery company UPS Inc on Friday.
Ventec, a company that makes ventilators, and GM have been working around the clock to retrofit the GM facilities to eventually produce more than 2,000 ventilators per month, they said in a joint announcement. They said the manufacturing process can be scaled to produce more machines if the need arises.
“GM is in the position to help build more ventilators because of the remarkable performance of GM and Ventec’s global supply base,” said Barra. “Our joint teams have moved mountains to find real solutions to save lives and fight the pandemic.”