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Quick turnaround as Oshawa GM produces 1 Millionth face mask

Quick turnaround as Oshawa GM produces 1 Millionth face mask

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and  Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement were at the GM plant in Oshawa Friday to help celebrate the one millionth mask produced out of the Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room for the Government of Canada. This is the first millionth milestone in the journey to 10 million masks.

Anand (right) and Bains (second from right) meeting GM mask making team

“Unifor members are highly skilled and always ready to step up and help manufacture whatever supplies our country needs to battle COVID-19,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We are proud to partner with GM and Health Canada in this project and many others in the future.”

GM Re-tooled to manufacture the masks in five weeks

GM Canada received its Medical Device Establishment License on April 22, and in just over three weeks with support from GM’s global supply chain, the company sourced materials, built a ‘Canadian Mask Making (CMM)’ 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. Official start of production began on May 26, 2020—just five weeks after the project was green lit.

Approximately 60 GM workers were recalled for training to make masks 5 days a week in 2 shifts.

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