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KOKOMO, Ind. — Some much-needed medical equipment will be made right here in Indiana.

General Motors will partner with Ventec Life Systems to manufacture ventilators at its Kokomo plant, the automaker announced Friday.

Efforts to prepare the factory to make ventilators are underway now, according to GM.

Working with the United Auto Workers, GM has brought back workers from its plants in Marion and Kokomo to help with manufacturing.

GM said it will be ready to deliver the first ventilators next month and can ramp up production to 10,000 ventilators a month, with the ability to expand production even further.

GM will also produce surgical masks at its plant in Warren, Michigan.

“We are proud to stand with other American companies and our skilled employees to meet the needs of this global pandemic,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO. “This partnership has rallied the GM enterprise and our global supply base to support Ventec, and the teams are working together with incredible passion and commitment. I am proud of this partnership as we work together to address urgent and life-saving needs.”