Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged President Donald Trump and General Motors (GM) Chairman and CEO Mary Barra to reopen the GM plant in White Marsh, Maryland to help fulfill the company's recent contract to produce thousands of ventilators under the Defense Production Act and to supply the region with critical medical supplies as the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to grow.
The Members stressed that the plant should be reopened to help fulfill GM’s recent contract to produce thousands of ventilators under the Defense Production Act and in order to supply the region as the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to grow.
“Maryland now has over 13,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to President Trump. “As numbers continue to rise across the state and region, reopening the White Marsh plant will put high-skilled workers back to work and ensure that ventilators will be available and easily accessible in an area with multiple hotspots.”
In a concurrent letter to GM Chairman Barra, the Members wrote: “Until its closure, the White Marsh plant employed hundreds of workers producing highly complex machinery from electric motors to transmissions. The federal government’s recent contract with GM provides you with an opportunity to utilize these workers’ skills.”