As the country continues to focus on reducing the number of COVID-19 cases, Honda is looking to help out. The carmaker has joined forces with General Motors to produce one of the most essential tools for frontline workers in this pandemic – hand sanitizer.
The Honda and General Motors partnership recently began working to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for healthcare workers across the country.
Through the two automaker’s existing Fuel Cell System manufacturing (FCSM) partnership, they are also working to produce as much hand sanitizer as possible to use in their own manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.
The Honda brand has already given 3,750 nine-ounce bottles to healthcare facilities in Ohio and Michigan. Overall, 75 percent of the hand sanitizer that Honda will receive from this partnership will be sent to healthcare facilities.
“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”
The FCSM team is producing the hand sanitizer at its Brownstown, Michigan facility. It’s using repurposed equipment that usually creates fuel-cell fuel stacks for future hydrogen-powered vehicles.
We hope you’ll join all of us at Bryan Honda in celebrating these automakers’ commitment to keeping us all safe during these difficult times.
People around the world are reaching out and lending a helping hand in a time of need. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Honda is looking to help out, too. The carmaker recently started manufacturing and delivering vital ventilator parts to Dynaflo Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania. These Honda ventilator parts will allow Dynaflo to produce their diaphragm compressors – a key component of portable ventilators.
Honda is working with Dynaflo to produce 10,000 compressors every month, working to do so until the end of August. The Dynaflo portable ventilators are used in hospitals and by first responders across the country.
“Honda associates have successfully transformed a portion of our technical training center into an assembly line that will help support the urgent need to produce ventilator components,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President, Honda North America, Inc. “With our supply of these key components to Dynaflo, we hope to help address one of the most pressing needs within the COVID-19 crisis.”
To produce these parts, Honda has transformed its Technical Development Center in Marysville, Ohio, which stretches over 6,000 square feet. The Center has used its production expertise to ramp up production, ensuring best practices are used in compressor assembly. Each part is built and tested for quality before behind shipped to add to the ventilators.
If you want to learn more about how Honda is putting your health and safety at the forefront of its operations, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Bryan Honda.
Honda is lending a helping hand in this trying time. The brand recently announced its goal to help associates, customers, partners, and communities throughout the country with an initial donation of $1 million. This pledge will go towards food banks and meal programs across North America.
In addition to this promise, when a Honda associate donates to a local food program, the brand will match up to $1,000 for each individual gift.
“We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America. “We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate ‘virtual volunteers,’ to help people in need.”
Honda is also donating N-95 masks to healthcare providers and manufacturing protective face shields with repurposed 3D printers. The carmaker is even partnering with other companies to build critical medical equipment to help fight the disease.
And that’s not all. The brand has even set up a new temporary paid personal leave of absence program, which allows eligible associates to receive full pay for up to 10 non-production business days.
To learn more about how the entire Honda family — including everyone here at Bryan Honda — is working to keep you safe, give us a call today.