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U.S. Companies Aim to Expand Production, Repair of Ventilators

By SME Media Staff

General Motors Co. and medical equipment maker Ventec are accelerating their partnership code to build ventilators at a GM plant in Kokomo, Indiana, to help combat the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Reuters report. GM said on Monday that work at its Indiana plant, which makes small electronic components for cars, is part of the effort to expand ventilator production. GM has arranged for the supply of 95 percent of the parts needed to build the ventilator and is seeking to source the remaining 37 necessary parts, said Reuters. To read the full report, click here.

Meanwhile, in Delaware, Bloom Energy said it is reopening its Delaware sites to refurbish out-of-service ventilators, according to a report in Delaware Business Now. Bloom Energy has already been working with the State of California to begin refurbishing ventilators, successfully refurbishing 24 units over the weekend, according to Delaware Business Now. To read the full report, click here.

Also, Honeywell announced an expansion of N95 mask manufacturing at its Smithfield, R.I. plant that will bring 500 new jobs to the state. It will send the masks the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To read the full report, click here

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