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Ventec and GM are accelerating production of VOCSN critical care ventilators to arm healthcare professionals with the tools they need to save lives. Since their March 17 introductory call, facilitated by StopTheSpread.org, the team has worked around the clock to meet the unprecedented demand for ventilators. Leveraging Ventec’s respiratory care expertise and GM’s manufacturing might, this unique partnership is committed to produce as many ventilators as possible, as quickly as possible.

April 30, 2020

General Motors and Ventec Life Systems welcome Vice President Mike Pence to ventilator production plant

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April 18, 2020

Shipment made to Indiana District 1 Emergency Operations Center/Multi-Agency Coordination Center at Gary-Chicago International Airport

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April 17, 2020

Weiss Memorial Hospital receives a shipment of VOCSN critical care ventilators

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April 17, 2020

First VOCSN critical care ventilators delivered to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields.

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April 16, 2020

First General Motors-Ventec critical care ventilators shipped to frontline medical professionals

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April 14, 2020

GM CEO Mary Barra Tours Kokomo Facility

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April 14, 2020

First General Motors-Ventec critical care V+Pro ventilators ready for delivery

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April 10, 2020

Photography and Timelapse Footage from Kokomo, Indiana

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April 8, 2020

HHS announces ventilator contract with GM under Defense Production Act

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Week of March 30th, 2020

  • Hiring and first production run
  • Strict protocols have been put in place to protect the health of the General Motors’ team building VOCSN critical care ventilators in Kokomo, Indiana.
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March 27, 2020

Production plans revealed for Kokomo to produce VOCSN critical care ventilators, as key partnership in fight against COVID-19 is announced.

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March 25, 2020

Crews begin preparing Kokomo facility for production

March 23, 2020

Work begins at Kokomo production facility to prepare for ventilator manufacturing and employee outreach

March 22, 2020

  • Ventec and GM teams meet in Kokomo to walk through manufacturing space and train production team on VOCSN
  • Supplier notification to more than 100 suppliers from Ventec and GM

March 21, 2020

Ventec team travels to Kokomo, Indiana

March 20, 2020

  • Ventec and GM team meet in person
  • GM and Ventec joint statement on collaboration to increase ventilator production
  • Videos recorded of each VOCSN part
  • GM sourcing team identifies suppliers and Initial supplier notification sent to hundreds suppliers of Ventec and GM to understand scaling capacity and source parts to build up to 200,000 VOCSN
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March 19, 2020

  • Joint GM/Ventec technical review of 700 VOCSN components including manufacturing overview and tooling required.
  • GM team departs for Ventec Life Systems facility in Bothell, WA

March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

  • Ken Chenault from StopTheSpread.org connects with Mary Barra, CEO of GM
  • First call between Ventec and StopTheSpread.org, followed by an introduction to GM
    • Gerald Johnson, EVP, Global Manufacturing, General Motors
    • Phil Kienle, VP Manufacturing, General Motors
    • Chris Kiple, CEO, Ventec Life Systems
    • Chris Brooks, Chief Strategy Officer, Ventec Life Systems
    • Paul Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Entangled Group
    • Rachel Romer Carlson, the CEO and Co-Founder of Guild Education

March 14, 2020

Forbes article published, highlighting Ventec and the need for ventilator supply chain resiliency. Ventilator Maker: We can ramp up production five-fold

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This unique partnership combines Ventec Life Systems’ respiratory care expertise with General Motors’ manufacturing might to build VOCSN critical care ventilators for frontline medical professionals fighting COVID-19.
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