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Ford Helping GE Make Ventilators, 3M Manufacture Respirators

  • Bill Ford says efforts preceded requests from the White House
  • Trump pressured automakers to help make medical devices
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Hospitals Worldwide in Desperate Need of Ventilators for Coronavirus Patients
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Ford Motor Co. is throwing its design and production prowess behind two other manufacturers’ efforts to build more ventilators and respirators for health-care workers and first responders.

The automaker will work with 3M Co. to accelerate production of the respirators and have United Auto Workers members assemble more than 100,000 plastic face shields a week, according to a statement Tuesday. Ford also will help General Electric Co.’s health-care unit boost output of ventilators that hospitals desperately need for coronavirus patients.