Manufacturing AUTOMATION

GM Canada signs contract for 10M face masks at Oshawa plant

May 27, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

An employee at GM Canada's Oshawa plant in the Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room preps the mask material-joining system, which binds the mask material together through a rotary anvil and ultrasonic welding process. Photo: Jessica Hayes

General Motors of Canada will immediately begin production of 10 million face masks over the next year after signing a contract with the federal government.

GM Canada will manufacture the face masks at cost at its Oshawa operations for the Public Health Agency of Canada. The company received its license to produce medical devices April 22.

In just over three weeks, with support from GM’s global supply chain, the company sourced materials, built a clean room with enhanced safety protocols, installed the required equipment and recalled and trained 60 workers for two shifts of production in Oshawa in partnership with Unifor, the union that represents workers at the mill.

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