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Ford Motor Company has announced they will be lending a helping hand to those affected by the Novel Coronavirus.
The company announced on Tuesday (March 24) on their official Twitter account that they will be using their resources to help produce and manufacture needed equipment and supplies for those affected by COVID- 19.
The tweet read, “We’re proud to work with @3M, @GEHealthcare and @UAW to lend our engineering and manufacturing expertise to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting #COVID19.”
The tweet included a video that explained each company’s role. Ford says using a combination of parts from them and 3M, they will be able to make powered-air purifying respirators. These will be made at Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in Michigan.
Ford and GE Healthcare will work together to “expand production of ventilators” which will help treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
At Ford’s Troy Design and Manufacturing plant in Michigan, the company – along with International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) – will be making 75,000 face shields this week alone. They will test these out at a nearby hospital in Detroit and if they prove to work, by April, they project they will be making 100,000 per week.
Ford also plans on using their 3D printers to make disposable respirator masks for healthcare workers.
Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford video-called into Fox & Friends on Tuesday to let everyone know they are gearing up production and their factories are “going like hell” to try and help out.
Watch his appearance below.
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