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Ford, GE And 3M Pooling Resources
To Make Ventilators, Respirators And
Face Shields Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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Posted By: MissMolly, 3/26/2020 5:14:43 AM

Ford Motor Company, GE Healthcare and 3M have started pooling their resources together to make ventilators, respirators and face shields to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. “We were the arsenal of democracy during two world wars,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford explained during his appearance Tuesday on the “Today Show.” We built iron lungs for polio patients. Whenever we’re called on, we’re there.” “We’re going into our parts bin to see what can be done,” he added. “We’re a very opportunistic company.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Johann 3/26/2020 5:18:25 AM (No. 358262)
“We’re a very opportunistic company.” Of course. They smell the money.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: BirdsNest 3/26/2020 5:35:27 AM (No. 358263)
A local company was asked if they could make masks. They have 4 commercial sewing machines and only 2 of the 7 employees know how to sew. They are going to give it a try and if it works out, they will hire 2 employees.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin 3/26/2020 5:44:47 AM (No. 358265)
Sorry for the direct reply: #1 - be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bnrmusa51 3/26/2020 6:25:57 AM (No. 358280)
HipHip HooRAY!!!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DCGIRL 3/26/2020 6:44:23 AM (No. 358293)
I believe that we do need these for REAL future crises. Let's not go overboard; let's replenish what should be in stock. My advise to the President, let's start getting back to normal. Let's look at ways to cut the budget to bring down the debt, etc. Let's close our borders, kick out the illegals and fix the anchor baby problem.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/26/2020 7:53:30 AM (No. 358339)
3M (Minnesota Mining)...and My Pillow (Minnesota Company) are making face masks! Ecolab (Minnesota Company) is still up and running making cleaning supplies and wipes that kill the virus!!! Wife works there and they are all working from home! Great company with a great CEO!!!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/26/2020 8:00:50 AM (No. 358348)
Wait for the Fourth of July Trillion Dollar Overstock Clearance sale...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 3/26/2020 8:19:57 AM (No. 358373)
Please remember #! that Ford was the only auto manufacturer that DID NOT! take bail out money under the Obama stimulus plan. To this day, of the American Auto Makers, I would only buy Ford products. They were not ordered to do this. They stepped up and volunteered.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Historybuff 3/26/2020 8:22:04 AM (No. 358375)
NBC news said that making a ventilator was a very difficult to do, as they announced that Ford and Tesla would make them, and they might not know what they are doing. Are you kidding me? Think what you like about Tesla, but he has done decades of technology advancement in a few years. Ford - Looked under your hood lately? Too complicated to make a ventilator? Just because you don't know how it's done, doesn't mean no one else does. (This is a spec sheet, these are blueprints, these are instructions.) Jeeeze, Musk is trying to build a spaceship to Mars - he can't figure out a ventilator?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0 3/26/2020 8:36:12 AM (No. 358394)
Praise the Lord for the Otter Tail Empire. Great news of the wonderful efforts of those Minnesota companies.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MickTurn 3/26/2020 8:42:40 AM (No. 358405)
"Note to Bernie Sanders: Not all corporations are evil." BUT ALL COMMUNISTS ARE EVIL!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: HotRod 3/26/2020 10:36:59 AM (No. 358525)
I think that GM and Ford would rather be selling cars than ventilators. The ventilators will probably be sold at, or near cost and is a short-term endeavor. Thanks to both companies for stepping up!!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 10:45:02 AM (No. 358531)
This is excellent news, I am so pleased to read this. As a retired engineer, I am proud of those folks, using their ingenuity to save lived. I have a framed advertisement from the 1940s about Buick building 37mm automatic cannons which fired through the prop spinner of P-39 fighter aircraft in WW2. GM build millions of M1 carbines in their Inland Division, Remington Rand typewriter company built .45 auto pistols. Rockola jukebox company built a lot of M1 carbines, too. GM opened the Eastern Aircraft Division which built the Grumman-designed FM-2 Wildcats that my father and many others flew for the US Navy, and also built the Grumman-designed TBM torpedo bomber flown by George Bush, Senior in combat for the USN. Chrysler put five of their automobile six cylinder engines on a common crankcase, making a powerful, smooth 30 cylinder motor which was used on one version of the Sherman tank. There's a very long list of other companies building other things for the war effort from 1942 until 1945. Americans, BEING great again! Rising to the challenge. It makes me proud.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mc squared 3/26/2020 11:18:00 AM (No. 358561)
Ford was a major producer of B-24s. All American companies switched to war production.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 11:25:43 AM (No. 358575)
#24, and the production methods that Ford brought to the B-24 line totally eclipsed the 'hand built' methods that Consolidated Aircraft was using in their original factories. There is a wonderful video on YouTube about the Willow Run B-24 plant and the amazing application of Detroit mass production to building these huge bombers. They had truly interchangeable parts for the first time when Ford built them.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: kono 3/26/2020 11:30:23 AM (No. 358581)
See a need and meet it -- the formula for the American form of capitalism (a pretty elegant system really needing only a few checks and balances scattered throughout, which seems to be the most successful system for creating success and meeting demands).
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Reply 17 - Posted by: ARKfamily 3/26/2020 12:31:00 PM (No. 358682)
Funny how Democrats and liberals will bash corporations and big companies and, yet, these are the hard-working wage earners who go to their jobs every day to make a living. These are companies that employ many people and all liberals know how to do is gripe. Thank you to these companies for stepping up to the plate. . .
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Chuzzles 3/26/2020 12:33:42 PM (No. 358694)
Some of the posters here would never have survived during WWI or II. A company doing good is one who looks for a way to contribute solutions to the problem and help the problem solvers. There are many ways to define opportunistic, and not all are bad. I feel sorry for those who only look at the bad, and ignore the good. I notice the guy who owns that pillow company is now doing masks for the medical profession. That is also the definition of opportunistic in my book. Looked at the problem and he offers a great solution.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: 4Justice 3/26/2020 2:30:29 PM (No. 358860)
Oh...but...but...slush fund...slush fund!!! Corporate welfare!! Money going to millionaires and billionaires (all Trumps rich buddies) and none to workers...uh...uh...Go Bernie, Bernie, Bernie!! Trump closed down the CDC!! Thank the governors for locking us in our homes!! The governors are smart...better to lose all our jobs than die!! Because Trump wants us to die!! We need to shut down everything for the rest of the year!! We don't need an economy...print money!! Hoard toilet paper!! The sky is falling!! Orange Man Bad!! OMB! OMB! He wants to kill us all!! He just wants to make money and look good! OMB and incompetent! He said virus a hoax!! Thousands dead and he says hoax!! He urged people to pack churches on Easter!! Started a war with Iran as a distraction from his bungling the virus response! Now, going after the leader of a small Latin American country that doesn't concern us at all just to distract us from his ruining the country!! Dr. Fauci is being silenced! Dr. Fauci has been disappeared! Dr. Birx has a crush on TRump! Capitalism is an utter failure!! etc. * (Lie, lie lie, lie courtesy of nutcase leftists, indoctrinated millennials, MNSBCXYZ@, SeeBS, CNeN, WaPoo, NY Slimes, Politiceeww, Flailing Beast, The Scatlantic, PolitiScat, wokeHollyweird, etc.) *...and yes, people say all those things and more. _______ ....oh, sorry folks...I have been fighting disinformation, misinformation and outright lies for the past 72 hours with almost no sleep. The crazies and the ignorant (and probably a ton of paid seminar posters) are everywhere. That doesn't even start to touch the hundreds of fake news stories, videos and Tweets that come out all day long every day. Unfortunately, someone has to smack them back. I figure if I can just make an impression on one person or help one person open their mind a little, it was all worth it. The truth MUST be told.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Omen55 3/26/2020 4:43:31 PM (No. 358987)
The Arsenal of Democracy moves forward.
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