The “Arsenal of Health” is mobilizing.
Parts suppliers for General Motors are preparing to manufacture parts for at least 200,000 ventilators in an effort to stave off a projected shortage of the machines in the fight against the deadly respiratory illness COVID-19.
Meridian Lightweight Technologies Holdings Inc. of Southfield, Mich., is helping GM procure six different compressor parts made of magnesium for an estimated 200,000 ventilators, said Joe Petrillo, director of North American sales.
The parts are too small for Meridian’s machines, but the company has connected GM with Twin City Die Castings Inc. in Minneapolis and Myotek, which operates manufacturing plants in Manistee, Mich., and China.
“We coalesced as an industry,” Petrillo said. “Usually we [Meridian, Twin City and Myotek] compete, but in this circumstance, we’re not competitors.”
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