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    GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    "General Motors Co. is exploring the feasibility of building ventilators at its facility in Kokomo, Indiana, to combat shortages of ventilators amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Detroit automaker said Monday".

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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    Trump went steve333 at GM's CEO Mary Barra on what he perceives the slow pace of producing ventilators. Dont know how fast he expects GM to just suddenly start to make these things. GM and Ford will need time to set up production then ramp up.
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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    If they need to be built, and there are less cars being built...then good idea.

    The thing that threw me a bit...didn't Trump mention earlier that he wanted GM to do this at the Lordstown plant? Wasn't the Lordstown plant sold? Or am I confusing some facts?

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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    I like Trump but this whole thing doesn't make sense. He expects GM to just start building these things in a week or so. At least now with this new forced order, people are going to see how much has to happen to make something in a factory.
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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    The President just ORDERED GM to build those ventilators a few minutes ago. Details coming.
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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

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    The President just ORDERED GM to build those ventilators a few minutes ago. Details coming.
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/...tor-production

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/trum...ntilators.html

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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

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    If they need to be built, and there are less cars being built...then good idea.

    The thing that threw me a bit...didn't Trump mention earlier that he wanted GM to do this at the Lordstown plant? Wasn't the Lordstown plant sold? Or am I confusing some facts?
    From Fox Business...

    "Trump called on the automaker to “immediately” reopen its Lordstown, Ohio, plant -- whose sidelining he had criticized bitterly -- to make the ventilators, which are desperately needed in hospitals across the nation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. GM sold the factory late last year to electric automaker Lordstown Motors Corp".

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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    I guess it's not "business as usual" for GM now, they HAVE to actually perform.

    I don't even want to think that they're dragging their feet due to marching orders from their Chicom masters. But I can't help thinking it.
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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    So what does this mean? Trump wasn't happy with the cost. How is this all going to be paid for?

    Should GM just buy cheap ventilators from China like Tesla did?

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    Trump orders GM to produce ventilators under Defense Production Act

    GM said it would start shipping ventilators as soon as next month
    Automaker and Ventec Life Systems building ventilators at an Indiana factory


    Unclear if order requires GM to tap other U.S. plants

    President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order requiring Detroit-based General Motors Co. to produce ventilators to fight the coronavirus pandemic under the Defense Production Act.

    In a memorandum released by the White House, Trump said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would determine the number of ventilators GM must produce.

    GM said earlier Friday it will begin shipping FDA-cleared ventilators as soon as next month from an Indiana plant after Trump earlier Friday urged the company, as well as Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., to ramp up output of the devices to treat COVID-19 patients.

    GM, in partnership with medical device company Ventec Life Systems, is building critical care ventilators at a Kokomo, Ind., factory under a program dubbed Project V. Ventec will also increase production at a manufacturing site in Bothell, Wash.

    It's unclear if Friday's order will require GM to tap other U.S. plants to build ventilators, but the automaker now faces direct government pressure to accelerate output.

    GM, in a statement late Friday, said it has been working with Ventec and other partners "around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need."

    Ventec and GM said they are able to build more than 10,000 ventilators a month, depending on the needs of the U.S. government

    Since the GM-Ventec partnership was announced March 20, the companies' supply base has sourced more than 700 individual parts that are needed to build up to 200,000 ventilators.

    "We are proud to stand with other American companies and our skilled employees to meet the needs of this global pandemic," GM CEO Mary Barra said earlier Friday. "This partnership has rallied the GM enterprise and our global supply base to support Ventec, and the teams are working together with incredible passion and commitment. I am proud of this partnership as we work together to address urgent and life-saving needs."

    Working with the UAW, GM said it will recall about 1,000 workers to scale up production of critical care ventilators immediately.

    GM will also begin producing surgical masks at a manufacturing facility in Warren, Mich., starting next week. Within two weeks, GM expects to ramp up production to 50,000 masks per day. That total could potentially increase to 100,000 per day.

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    Earlier Friday, Trump lashed out at GM, Barra and Ford via Twitter, urging them to quickly build badly needed ventilators for COVID-19 patients and suggested he could invoke the Defense Production Act.

    GM and Ford announced earlier they were working with companies to help boost ventilator production in recent days. Many Democrats including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have urged Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act and require industrial companies to build medical equipment.

    Trump also attacked GM for closing an assembly plant last year in Ohio, a state key to his re-election in November. GM sold the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant to an electric truck startup.

    "General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!! FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

    They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed ventilators, 'very quickly'. Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar."

    Turnaround
    The Twitter missives were a remarkable turnabout from the night before, when Trump told Fox News he wasn't invoking the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to compel manufacturers to make ventilators because companies including GM had already stepped up.

    Trump and other White House officials have also suggested some states and cities are overstating how many ventilators will be required to help stem the outbreak.

    Trump's comments came after a New York Times report Thursday suggested the White House had backed away from announcing a major ventilator deal with GM and Ventec because the price tag was too high. That drew significant criticism from Democrats.

    As usual with "this" General Motors, things just never seem to work out. They said they were going to give us 40,000 much needed Ventilators, "very quickly". Now they are saying it will only be 6000, in late April, and they want top dollar. Always a mess with Mary B. Invoke "P".

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. government's lead in directing the coronavirus response, is evaluating other bids as well, the Times reported.

    The price tag for GM's bid to supply ventilators was more than $1 billion, the paper said, with several hundred million dollars to be paid upfront to the automaker.

    Ford said also it's "pulling out all the stops" to build ventilators and other devices needed to deal with the pandemic.
    Ford is already delivering tens of thousands of face shields to hospitals and police, Mark Truby, the automaker's vice president of communications, said in a tweet Friday.

    Truby also said that Ford is "working flat-out" with General Electric Co. to produce ventilators and 3M Co. to boost production of air-purifying respirators in a partnership announced three days ago.

    Industry efforts
    Other automakers are also working to produce ventilators, masks and other medical equipment.
    On Friday, Toyota Motor Corp. said it was "finalizing agreements to begin working with at least two companies that produce ventilators and respirators to help increase their capacity."

    New York City Mayor Bill be Blasio on Friday said on Twitter that Tesla Inc. had agreed to donate hundreds of ventilators to hospital intensive care units in New York City and the state of New York.

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    The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 86,000 positive tests.

    According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,897 cases) and Italy (80,589).

    But with over 1,300 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US death toll is still behind China (3,296) and Italy (8,215).

    The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work "pretty quickly".

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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    I see this as a lost opportunity for GM.

    What a great way to bond with the American people, who saved them just a decade a go. GM's response should have been, "Yes! We are patriots! Yes! We will do this for our nation! Yes! We will get this done!"

    Instead, we get hemming and hawing when the nation and the globe are in crisis. Perhaps, GM's masters would have been offended by too much American patriotism? Now, they HAVE to do it by Presidential order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    I see this as a lost opportunity for GM.

    What a great way to bond with the American people, who saved them just a decade a go. GM's response should have been, "Yes! We are patriots! Yes! We will do this for our nation! Yes! We will get this done!"

    Instead, we get hemming and hawing when the nation and the globe are in crisis. Perhaps, GM's masters would have been offended by too much American patriotism? Now, they HAVE to do it by Presidential order.

    Mary, hang your head in shame.
    No hemming and hawing. GM has been balls out 24/7 to get this going. Made a commitment and hasn't looked back. GM providing facilities and manpower at their expense. Ventec is negotiating with the Govt. on price...profits to Ventec. In this case Mary has zero to be ashamed about. Ventec charging $18K a copy when going price on free market is $25 - $50K depending on complexity. But as always, it is the norm to jump on GM even when the facts speak otherwise. The act Trump invoked merely cuts out all the contract red tape so production can be expedited.

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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

    This from GM earlier today:




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    Ventec Life Systems and GM Partner to Mass Produce Critical Care Ventilators in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
    Fri, March 27, 2020

    GM to also produce surgical masks to support frontline healthcare professionals
    BOTHELL, Wash., March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventec Life Systems announced today General Motors will build VOCSN critical care ventilators at GM'sKokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility with FDA-cleared ventilators scheduled to ship as soon as next month. This effort is in addition to Ventec taking aggressive steps to ramp up production at their manufacturing facility in Bothell, Washington.

    Across all manufacturers, there is a global backorder of critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19. The companies are adding thousands of units of new capacity with a significantly expanded supply chain capable of supporting high volume production. GM is donating its resources at cost.

    GM will also begin manufacturing FDA-cleared Level 1 surgical masks at its Warren, Michigan manufacturing facility. Production will begin next week and within two weeks ramp up to 50,000 masks per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day.

    Critical Care Ventilators

    "This unique partnership combines Ventec's respiratory care expertise with GM's manufacturing might to produce sophisticated and high-quality critical care ventilators," said Chris Kiple, CEO of Ventec Life Systems. "This pandemic is unprecedented and so is this response, with incredible support from GM and their suppliers. Healthcare professionals on the front lines deserve the best tools to treat patients and precision critical care ventilators like VOCSN are what is necessary to save lives."

    Ventec and GM are working around the clock to meet the urgent need for more ventilators. Efforts to set up tooling and manufacturing capacity at the GM Kokomo facility are already underway to produce Ventec's critical care ventilator, VOCSN. Depending on the needs of the federal government, Ventec and GM are poised to deliver the first ventilators next month and ramp up to a manufacturing capacity of more than 10,000 critical care ventilators per month with the infrastructure and capability to scale further.

    "We are proud to stand with other American companies and our skilled employees to meet the needs of this global pandemic," said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO. "This partnership has rallied the GM enterprise and our global supply base to support Ventec, and the teams are working together with incredible passion and commitment. I am proud of this partnership as we work together to address urgent and life-saving needs."

    GM will deploy an estimated 1,000 American workers to scale production of critical care ventilators immediately. Working with the UAW, GM has brought back employees from GM'sKokomo and Marion facilities.

    Since Friday, March 20, Ventec and GM teams across manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, legal and others have been tirelessly and seamlessly working together to create and implement a plan for immediate, scaled production of critical care ventilators. The Ventec and GM global supply base developed sourcing plans for the more than 700 individual parts that are needed to build up to 200,000 VOCSN.

    "GM is in the position to help build more ventilators because of the remarkable performance of GM and Ventec's global supply base," added Barra. "Our joint teams have moved mountains to find real solutions to save lives and fight the pandemic."

    The Ventec Life Systems team has a history of patient-centric design which includes more than 18 care-changing respiratory devices and more than 40 patents. Ventec's leading product, VOCSN, is the first and only Multi-Function Ventilator and was FDA cleared in 2017. VOCSN seamlessly integrates five separate devices including a critical care ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction and nebulizer into a single portable device. 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'sKokomo facility supports the production of precision electrical components and is approximately 2.6 million square feet, located on more than 270 acres.

    This partnership combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible.

    Level 1 Surgical Masks

    In a separate effort, GM is expanding its support of medical equipment production by temporarily converting its Warren, Michigan plant to build Level 1 surgical masks. Production will begin next week and within two weeks ramp up to 50,000 masks per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day. Daily mask production will be influenced by the availability of materials to build the masks.

    The necessary machinery will be delivered to the Warren plant Friday morning and production of masks will begin next week.

    This employee-led initiative was created, planned and approved in about 48 hours and involves GM's traditional supply base as well as new partnerships specific to the medical device industry. GM will be collaborating with governments and local suppliers to distribute the masks.

    Ventec Life Systems is redefining respiratory care to improve patient outcomes and reduce caregiver challenges from the hospital to home. Ventec's leading product, VOCSN, is the first and only Multi-Function Ventilator that seamlessly integrates five devices - a critical care Ventilator, 6 L/min equivalent Oxygen concentrator, touch button Cough assist, hospital grade Suction, and a high-performance Nebulizer - into one integrated respiratory system that is lightweight and mobile. VOCSN is fully customizable to meet patient needs for pediatric and adult patients. Learn more at VentecLife.com and connect with Ventec on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.
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    Re: GM explores building ventilators in Indiana plant for Ventec

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    No hemming and hawing. GM has been balls out 24/7 to get this going. Made a commitment and hasn't looked back. GM providing facilities and manpower at their expense. Ventec is negotiating with the Govt. on price...profits to Ventec. In this case Mary has zero to be ashamed about. Ventec charging $18K a copy when going price on free market is $25 - $50K depending on complexity. But as always, it is the norm to jump on GM even when the facts speak otherwise. The act Trump invoked merely cuts out all the contract red tape so production can be expedited.
    So, they didn't cut back the promised 40,000 units to 6,000 while raising the price?
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    Re: Trump orders GM to produce ventilators under Defense Production Act

    GM was already working to scale up production of ventilators before this announcement. They actually announced this on the 20th of this month.
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