Ford Motor and GE Healthcare said they plan to produce 50,000 ventilators within the next 100 days to help with the shortage of medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Production is expected to begin with 500 United Auto Workers union members the week of April 20, according to company executives. Officials said that a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be able to produce 30,000 ventilators a month after early July.
Ford and GE said they expect to produce 1,500 ventilators by the end of April, 12,000 by the end of May, and 50,000 by July 4.
"We are really excited and applaud Ford, how quickly it's mobilized its manufacturing facilities to address the challenges we all face with COVID-19," Tom Westrick, vice president and chief quality officer of GE Healthcare, said on Monday.
The devices operate on air pressure and do not need electricity, according to a Ford official.