The Ford Motor Company is shifting gears at its Rawsonville Components Plant in Michigan from cars to health-saving equipment. Partnering with GE Healthcare, Ford will produce 50,000 ventilators in approximately 100 days. After that significant batch is manufactured, Ford has set a goal of producing 30,000 ventilators each month to help satisfy demand. The ventilators are based on a simplified model designed by Airon Corp.
“The Ford and GE Healthcare teams, working creatively and tirelessly, have found a way to produce this vitally needed ventilator quickly and in meaningful numbers,” said Jim Hackett, president and CEO of Ford. “By producing this ventilator in Michigan, in strong partnership with the UAW, we can help health care workers save lives, and that’s our No. 1 priority.”
Production of the modified ventilators started on April 20, and by the end of the month, a total of 1,500 ventilators will be completed. May will see 12,000 ventilators produced and by July 4, the automaker will hit the 50,000 goal thanks to the efforts of 500 paid volunteer UAW-represented employees.
“From the days of Rosie the Riveter, UAW members have stepped up during difficult times in this nation’s history for the good of us all,” said UAW International President Rory Gamble. “We are working very closely with Ford to make sure that all CDC guidelines are followed and that we are exercising an abundance of caution inside the plant.”
We at Ed Murdock Superstore are proud that Ford has dedicated some of its manufacturing capabilities for the production of much-needed ventilators.