In late March, GM announced that it would start producing face masks for frontline workers helping curb the spread of COVID-19. According to Peter Thom, GM vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, it was simply the manufacturer’s way to help address the nationwide shortage of face masks. “Working around the clock, our team rallied with incredible passion and focus to come up with a plan to produce masks that will help protect the women and men on the front lines of this crisis.”
Production in Warren
Face mask production launched on March 20 at the Warren, Michigan facility. Seven days later, the first mask rolled off the assembly line. The GM team then accelerated production with a goal of delivering 20,000 masks on April 8.
Per the company’s website, it’s estimated that the Warren facility has the capacity to produce up to 50,000 masks a day. This translates to approximately 1.5 million masks made per month.
Safety is the Goal
GM’s ultimate goal is to provide as many masks to frontline workers as possible, as CNBC’s Michael Wayland confirms. “By making available GM’s production processes to our global supply base, we hope to facilitate other companies’ efforts to bring more materials, more equipment and ultimately more facemasks to the community,” said Shilpan Amin, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
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