President Trump orders GM to make ventilators under Defense Production Act

The Lordstown Motors Corp. put their stamp on the old GM Lordstown facility with the addition of this new sign on Tuesday Dec. 17

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Trump clarified in a later tweet that "Invoke "P" referred to invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA), a Korean War-era law that gives the president the power to direct civilian businesses to help meet orders for products necessary for the national defense. They added they have the ability to supply 10,000 more devices each month after that.

GM issued a statement announcing its agreement to build ventilators with Ventec Life Systems, a small Seattle-area company. The order would force GM to prioritize federal contracts, which would prevent the automaker from selling to states, or at least make it more hard.

Negotiations had been "productive", he said, "but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course".

GM said on Monday that work at its IN plant, which makes small electronic components for cars, is part of the effort to expand ventilator production.

Those familiar with ventilator production and vehicle manufacturing plants say it would be next to impossible for Ventec and GM to deliver 40,000 machines "right away" as Trump's tweet suggested.

General Motors will be partnering with Ventec Life Systems to build VOCSN critical care ventilators, according to a news release from General Motors. The entire GM team is proud to support this initiative.

First, after pointed criticism from President Trump on Twitter Friday morning, GM announced that the company would build ventilators at the Kokomo plant.

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"This effort is in addition to Ventec taking aggressive steps to ramp up production at their manufacturing facility", the statement said. Originally, the two manufacturers were talking about $250 million that would go to the Seattle-based company and its components suppliers to get production moving, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the project hasn't been finalized.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pleading for 30,000 more ventilators to handle an expected surge in critical virus patients during the next three weeks.

TechCrunch has independently confirmed that the federal government canceled the announcement because of reservations over the cost. We still have not received anything official from the (White House about the order),' the sources tell CNN.

He demanded GM open their abandoned Lordstown plant in OH, or some other plant, and start increasing their ventilator production immediately. And now all of a sudden they're saying, "Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'". "Names and numbers will be announced later today!" GM was among that group.

On March 22, Trump had tweeted giving nod to General Motors and Tesla to manufacture ventilators during the time of crisis due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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