MARYSVILLE, Ohio—American Honda soon will be manufacturing compressors for the medical ventilators that are needed for the hardest-hit coronavirus patients.
Rick Schostek, executive vice president at Honda North America, said in a commentary on Linkedin that the auto maker has transformed a technical center in Marysville, into an assembly area for diaphragm vacuum compressors developed by Dynaflo Inc. The goal, Schostek said, is to produce 10,000 compressors a month.
Honda, which has donated personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks from its inventory, has also been producing face-shield frames using 3D printers at five different facilities. The equipment is being donated to health care workers and first responders, the executive said.
The company also has donated $1 million to food banks and meal programs across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and is providing matching funds for donations made by employees to food programs in their local communities up, to $1,000 for each individual contribution.