Royal Oak Tribune

Kokomo Company winding down ventilator production

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Ventec Life Systems will stop producing medical breathing machines in Kokomo by the end of themonth, the company’s CEO has told employees.

Ventec is “winding down production in Indiana” because of weakening demand for its ventilator­s, Ventec CEO Chris Kiple said in an email sent to employees Tuesday and obtained by the Kokomo Tribune.

Ventec, in a partnershi­p with General Motors, began operations in the GM Components Holdings plant in April, hiring local employees to make 30,000 ventilator­s for hospitals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President Mike Pence visited the plant in April.

The company has about 800 employees in Kokomo.

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