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GM to produce ventilators, surgical masks at some facilities

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 13:47:15-04

BOTHELL, WASHINGTON (WKBW) — General Motors is switching gears at some of its facilities to help in the fight against COVID-19.

On Friday, Ventec Life Systems announced that GM will build critical care ventilators at the automaker's facility in Kokomo, Indiana. Ventilators produced at this location are set to ship as early as next month.
According to a press release, this effort is in addition to Ventec taking "aggressive steps" to increase production at its manufacturing facility in Bothell, Washington.

GM will also begin manufacturing surgical masks at its manufacturing facility in Warren, Michigan. 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.

At this point there are no plans to convert any GM facilities in Western New York.