First up, an update to a story we first published on plasticsnews.com in March about Ford Motor Co. working with GE Healthcare on a ventilator project.
At the time we first posted that story, it was clear that plastics suppliers would be involved with the program, but none had been named yet. Now one of them, Everett, Wash.-based Toolless Plastic Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of specialized housings for medical devices, has spoken up.
Toolless will do an initial production run of 500 housings for the program and its 17 employees will set aside all other projects to meet the demands for the ventilator. The company has implemented social distancing and suggested hygienic procedures for its employees to safely work on the production line.
"When we told our crew that we would be jumping into this project one of our employees said, 'So we get to be heroes,'" Kathryn Harja, vice president and chief financial officer, said in a news release.