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

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.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.