As GE Healthcare Ramps Up Ventilator Production, VP Mike Pence Expresses Gratitude

By Logan Wamsley

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage American lives, Partstat customer GE Healthcare has been hard at work manufacturing ventilators to support the life-saving measures healthcare technicians are providing across the country. According to GE Healthcare, overall ventilator production in their Madison, Wisconsin plant has doubled, and it anticipates building 50,000 ventilators by July. This will contribute significantly to the government’s goal of 100,000 ventilators in the next 100 days.

“IAM Local 1406 members at GE Healthcare in Madison are the real unsung heroes of this pandemic,” said Steve Galloway, Midwest Territory Vice President of the Internal Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). “The support they’re providing doctors, nurses and health professionals during this time is extraordinary and unprecedented.”

Recently, Vice President Mike Pence visited the Madison plant and expressed his gratitude to GE Healthcare on behalf of President Trump and the country.

“You all have played a leading role in ensuring that our incredible healthcare providers have the resources and equipment that they need to save lives,” said the Vice President. “Thank you for your 24/7 efforts. As I walked through the plant, frankly, I felt a little emotional looking at all the members of the team. It’s a privilege for me to be here just to say thank you for what you all are doing.”

GE Healthcare is just one company who has taken advantage of Partstat’s EOL Last Time Buy Solution, which has allowed them to secure all of their end-of-life components before the last time buy date direct from the component manufacturers. In the wake of the COVID-19 disruption, this turned out to be a very smart decision.

“We have secured hundreds of obsoleted parts using the Partstat EOL Last Time Buy Solution, and they are now sitting in the Partstat warehouse just for a situation like this”, said Partstat CEO Dennis Menefee. “We are honored to play a part in supporting the valuable work GE Healthcare and our other medical customers are doing combating COVID-19. Our warehouse team has been working around the clock and with great focus to support their production needs.”