Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced plans to manufacture and donate protective face masks to healthcare workers and first responders, according to a company press release. Production capacity is being installed this week with manufacturing due to start in the coming weeks.
- FCA is looking to help during the coronavirus outbreak by producing what is most needed by those on the front line.
- This is the first step in what will be a global effort.
- Face masks are a priority, but FCA is also working on supporting ventilator production.
Plans call for the production and distribution of over 1 million protective masks every month. They will be sent to those in need across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Production of face masks is a priority as they are urgently needed. (Photo: Getty Images)
Donations to those on the front lines
Masks will be donated to all those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. This includes police, EMTs and firefighters as well as those in hospitals and clinics. The company will be working with national, regional and city authorities to see that masks go to those most in need right now.
While this specific effort is geared to help those in North America, the full plan is more global. This is the first step in a program that is still under development where FCA will use its manufacturing, supply chain and engineering expertise to help fight the coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
FCA CEO Mike Manley said, “Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been more important. In addition to the support we are giving to increase the production of ventilators, we canvassed our contacts across the healthcare industry and it was very clear that there is an urgent and critical need for face masks. We’ve marshalled the resources of the FCA Group to focus immediately on installing production capacity for making masks and supporting those most in need on the front line of this pandemic.”
WHY THIS MATTERS
The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. Fighting it requires the combined effort of the public, healthcare industry, government authorities and businesses. Efforts by FCA and other corporations to contribute what’s most needed as quickly as possible will help save lives and protect workers.