Ford, which will begin production Tuesday of air-purifying respirators in partnership with 3M, will produce reusable medical gowns from airbag materials and expand Thermo Fisher Scientific’s ability to make COVID-19 collection kits for patient testing.
Respirator production is happening at Ford’s Vreeland facility near Flat Rock, Michigan. Beginning in late March Ford and 3M have worked together to prepare the necessary supply chain to make at least 100,000 respirators. The respirators will use 3M’s air filters that block airborne contaminants such as droplets carrying virus particles.
The work will be done by about 90 UAW workers.
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