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

May 18, 2020

Nicholas Wampler builds production ventilators at the General Motors manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. GM and Ventec Life Systems are partnering to produce VOCSN critical care ventilators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Credit AJ Mast / 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.