GM Hiring More Than 1,000 Temp Workers To Produce Ventilators At Kokomo Facility

Apr 27, 2020

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General Motors is hiring more than 1,000 temporary workers to produce ventilators at its facility in Kokomo.

The positions have been created in response to a national shortage of the machines that are used to help patients with severe cases of COVID-19.

“The speed of this project from concept to production has been incredible and having a strong team at the plant is critical to maintain our momentum to help save lives,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North American manufacturing and labor relations, in a press release applauding the community's support of the effort.

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Across the country, communities are struggling with unemployment and, Region 4 Workforce executive director, said this is welcome news for Kokomo and the surrounding areas.

The site has been up and running since April 6 and GM said it aims to make 30,000 machines by the end of August.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development will host a virtual job fair on May 6 to detail requirements, benefits and safety protocols at the facility.

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