Ford Motor Company to help make masks, ventilators amid coronavirus pandemic

William Clay Ford Jr, the executive chairman of the company, said the company is partnering with 3M and GE to make the supplies. "I think it's important that ... we all do our part," he said.
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Transcript for Ford Motor Company to help make masks, ventilators amid coronavirus pandemic
Love courage have many faces in battle one American companies familiar with wartime footing adapting to the needs at hand is the Ford Motor Co. Earlier today I spoke with bill Ford junior executive chairman at four. Sir thank you so much for joining us tonight Ford is one of America's most iconic companies. In this new time in this so called new economy you announced today that you'll be working with three ending G to produce medical equipment. What will you be producing. We're going to be with a PE we're actually helping them. Engineering and design a and knew that later that will be easier to created in big numbers three we're dealing respirator masks that. Our economy in my vote first responders and by medical workers. And we aim to take their production anywhere from six to ten times what they can currently did. With ourselves we are doing. A shield which we are in the week. With hospital in the metro Detroit area and we can gear up to about a 100000 a week. Very soon and then finally. Weirder treaty creating and 95 mask as well because hospital have a great need for that. How long before we expect to see these products out details with the now we're playing our our ability Dallack. With the proper social did contain I. And proper protection but then we're gonna go like hell and get moving a mean one other thing that we do well is we we know how to scale things. Quickly we can really help 3M and GE both in their ability elbow in our crank up production and we can go very quickly. Now today you also announced that you'll not be reopening your factories are in March 30 he shooter Risley plan. So well those factories re open and how are your employees deal. Then he don't know whether gunnery open. You know we we are in Michigan for instance were under a three week shutdown order I think the biggest Asian will be when the UAW and are held Padilla's fate to Rio are what is he doing well I mean that look to get back to war could only work today. And we know currently sport is paying their employees about 80% of their salaries during this during the shut down. I think it is important that you know we all do our part to make sure that we do get through this in good shape why did you feel the need to engaged this and at this time in this way. We actually got involved will duties before we don't iron lungs when not polio crichton here. After war work didn't we opened up he dated her baby number area itself. You know whatever our country needs whether first responder vehicles or. Respirators and ventilator than math will be there for for the country. Bill Ford junior chairman of the Ford company as a wise man once said go like hell thank you sir that debate here. Sobering encouraging words from Detroit.

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