General Motors Company, an American multinational corporation, has recently announced a contract for the mass production of V+Pro critical care ventilator of Ventec Life Systems. This medical equipment will be delivered to the United States Department of Health & Human Services.
According to Chairman and CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, various workers at the company, its suppliers, Ventec, as well as the Kokomo community are joining hands to support the front-liners such as medical professionals in their fight against the coronavirus. They are continuously assisting these professionals to curb the further spread of the deadly virus. It took less than a month for Ventec, General Motors’ supply chain and its logistics, manufacturing, legal, & talent acquisition teams to marshal support & deliver an order of 30,000 units to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Chris Kiple, CEO of Ventec Life Systems, has reportedly stated that the critical care ventilators will act as an effective treatment process prior to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The partnership between the company and GM will highlight the innovative power and manufacturing skills of the Americans uniting to serve a common purpose of combating the coronavirus.
Various efforts laid down by the GM for the production of this critical care service include the implementation of extensive health & safety protocols, hiring over 1,000 employees for the manufacturing team, the transformation of its Kokomo factory, new manufacturing process design, and sourcing various parts & assemblies from the suppliers.
GM receives strong support from the United Auto Workers, including the UAW Local 292 and UAW-GM Department, community groups & elected officials in Kokomo, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. FDA as well as the White House Office of Trade & Manufacturing Policy.
More than 600 critical care ventilators will be available for delivery in April. General Motors has the capacity to build more ventilators post August, if the demand rises in the future.