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President Donald Trump plans Thursday visit to Ford plant that's building ventilators

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AJ Mast
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General Motors

Republican President Donald Trump will visit Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Components Plant on Thursday.  He is expected to make remarks afterwards.

Ford, in a partnership with General Electric, is building ventilators to help hospitalized COVID-19 patients who need help breathing.

The automaker's contract with the federal government under the Defense Production Act calls for Ford to produce 50,000 of the simplified ventilators by July, at a total price of $336 million.

General Motors is also building ventilators, more complex ones, at its Kokomo, Indiana components facility, in a partnership with Ventec Life Systems.  GM says it will produce 30,000 of the devices by August, for a total price of $489.4 million.

Both companies say they are building the ventilators at cost and are not making a profit.