KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI)- Vice President Mike Pence Touched down at the Grissom Air Reserve Base Thursday afternoon. The Vice President was greeted by Governor Eric Holcomb who joined him for a tour of the Kokomo General Motors Plant.
"For you to bring the resources of General Motors to bear your vast supply chain around the country and around the world to meet this moment is a great contribution to the nation," said Vice President Mike Pence.
After the Vice President toured the GM facility he took part in a roundtable discussion with representatives and employees from both GM and Ventec.
"We don't just have national competition for these resources there is a global competition for these ventilators,” said Andy Chapman an engineer at Ventec. “We need to make sure that we get those resources to build and finish medical devices."
Ventec is a company that makes critical care ventilators. When they needed help producing a larger quantity of them, GM stepped in to help in a big way.
"I'm use to going out on the manufacturing floor and just seeing one metering valve press,” added Chapman. “Here we see 15 of them lined up in a row and all the test systems going, it's just incredible."
As we previously reported GM received a contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to produce 30,000 ventilators. Before the contract, several employees had been laid off due to COVID-19. However, for employees like Micholeen Lynch the production of ventilators got them back to work.
"I got a call in April and came back, I was in the first wave of people to come in,” said Micholeen Lynch a GM employee. “It's been very inspiring to me that we have moved as quickly as we have. Like you said it's taken a lot of ingenuity and a lot of hard work."
The hard work of the employees and companies was something the Vice President was happy to acknowledge.
"Your stories are inspiring your spirit is even more inspiring,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “On behalf of the president and the whole country keep up the great work you are making America proud here, I mean it."
Vice President Mike Pence did wear a mask when visiting the GM Plant. This comes after the VP chose not to wear one when visiting Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The VP said that there will be 300 ventilators available by the end of the month. He says that no one in America who needs a ventilator has been denied one.