As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to America and quickly began to spread, there was a noticeable shortage of masks. GM did its best to help solve that problem by manufacturing COVID-19 face masks for the essential workers working on the front line.
GM worked quickly to get the masks out as soon as possible. After kicking off the project on March 20, it managed to deliver 20,000 masks by April 8 with some help from GM partners across the globe.
More than 30 engineers, designers, buyers and members of the manufacturing team were tasked with developing the product and planning the production process. Once the production line became a well-oiled machine, GM was able to bring COVID-19 face mask production to 50,000 per day.
These masks help frontline workers to continue working safely, with less risk for spreading the virus around. “Working around the clock, our team rallied with incredible passion and focus to come up with a plan to produce masks that will help protect the women and men on the front lines of this crisis,” said Peter Thom, GM vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering.
GM not only showed it cared about its workers, but also that it cared for the health of the nation. That kind of dedication to improving the overall situation is crucial, and with mass production of COVID-19 face masks, GM has done its part to get the country back to normal.
As of today, GM has already made several million masks. If you come to Finley Buick GMC wearing a face mask, the odds are decent that it will have been made by GM!