General Motors plans at hand off ventilator manufacturing at its Indiana components facility to Ventec Life Systems by the tip of the month because it completes its authorities contract to construct 30,000 ventilators to assist deal with coronavirus sufferers.
GM has delivered greater than 20,000 ventilators to the National Stockpile and expects to ship the remaining 10,000 by the tip August, stated spokesman Dan Flores. Ventec, a ventilator firm based mostly close to Seattle, will lease GM’s Kokomo, Ind., facility to proceed mass producing the ventilators for hospitals throughout the U.S., GM stated.
In early April, the Trump administration introduced a $490 million contract with GM to deliver the 30,000 ventilators — greater than double the quantity within the Strategic National Stockpile on the time — by August. Per week later, GM and Ventec started mass producing the ventilators out of the Kokomo facility.
GM and Ventec had already partnered and sourced components from GM’s provide base earlier than the federal government’s involvement.
“GM will hand off operational control to Ventec to continue manufacturing operations in Kokomo, Ind., along with continued expanded production at Ventec’s headquarters in Bothell, Wash. Ventec is working quickly to fulfill ongoing orders for VOCSN critical care ventilators in response to COVID-19,” GM stated in an announcement.
About 800 staff are constructing ventilators on the facility, 70 of that are GM workers who will return to their earlier assignments, stated Flores.