During this global pandemic, many companies are stepping up to help our essential healthcare workers. Earlier in the year, General Motors started producing face masks and ventilators. Now, it is expanding its work even further by producing a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) like aerosol boxes, protective gowns, and face shields.
Initially, volunteer employees put their manufacturing skills to good use and made handmade samples of face masks. They took these samples to a local hospital for evaluation and adjusted their design based on feedback. Now, GM makes 50,000 masks each week.
Steve Hart, GM director of design fabrication operations, said, “The dedication, abilities, and spirit of collaboration from our skilled tradespeople has been humbling. They are working longer hours than ever on a voluntary basis to fulfill urgent requests from doctors, nurses, and other professionals on the front lines.”
GM’s fabrication team is now working to assemble protective gowns and aerosol boxes. They will distribute these necessary items to hospitals in the area including the Henry Ford Health System. For the face shields, GM is using its 3D printing technology and a collaboration with Summit Polymers to produce 50,000 shields a week.
All materials are being produced using medical guidelines and feedback to make sure they work the way doctors and nurses need them to.
At Bradshaw Automotive we’re proud of the essential workers and healthcare heroes in our community of Greer, SC.