MINNEAPOLIS—Precision Associates Inc. will make "several essential rubber components" for a ventilator project being spearheaded by General Motors Co.
The Minneapolis-based company indicated the rubber parts will be used in units to be built by the car maker in partnership with Ventec Life Systems at a GM parts-making facility in Kokomo, Ind.
Precision Associates President Brad Kadue could not get into specifics about the parts due to confidentiality, the company said. But the firm "has dedicated engineering, production, and tool making resources to meet the accelerated production timeline," he said in a statement.
Precision Associates already molds rubber products for other ventilators and diagnostic equipment for laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing, the company said.
"Our team continues to produce the high precision, tight tolerance parts that are the foundation of our 65-year reputation, but now we're doing it with the realization that our parts are helping to save lives," Kadue said in his statement.
Precision Associates makes custom seals, rubber products and more than 4,000 standard seals. For this work, the company has more than 1,000 formulations.