Ford is providing its manufacturing expertise in the fight against COVID-19. With a partnership with GE Healthcare, they announced that they will produce up to 50,000 COVID-19 ventilators. Their goal is 1,500 ventilators by the end of April, 12,000 by the end of May, and 50,000 by the fourth of July. This goes in tandem with the goal of the government to get 100,000 ventilators made in 100 days.
GE Healthcare used the ventilator design by Airon Corp. Airon Corp. specializes in pneumatic life support products. The design is useful because it doesn’t run on electricity. Instead, it uses air pressure to run, making it easy to set up and run anywhere. And it addresses the needs that severe COVID-19 patients are having.
Initially, Ford went down to Florida to collaborate with Airon’s factories and boost production. Now, they have started using the Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan to quickly churn out the ventilators on a grand scale. Airon usually produces three ventilators a day in their normal manufacturing. With Ford, they are making up to 7,200 a week. The production is around the clock, with 500 volunteers working three shifts.
“Just as Ford in the last century moved its manufacturing might seamlessly from auto to tank production during World War II, the Ford team is working with GE Healthcare to use its awesome engineering and manufacturing capabilities to voluntarily help this nation solve one of its most pressing problems,” said Peter Navarro, the White House Defense Production Act Coordinator .
Normally, we’d encourage you to visit the dealership to check out some of Ford’s top-notch vehicles. However, safety is more important. Stay home if you can and visit Greenbrier Ford after the COVID-19 crisis has passed!